New Employment Opportunities to Support Rural BC Forestry Workers

The BC Government announced on Monday (11-8-22) that more employment opportunities are in progress for contractors and forestry workers throughout rural BC under the province’s Forest Employment Program (FEP).

The province has invested $30 million (CAD) since the FEP was created in 2019, which has supported more than 315 projects that have created more than 840 employment opportunities for BC rural communities and First Nations.

The program is completing a new round of projects to be funded through the province’s $185 million support package to help British Columbians impacted by old growth deferrals, of which, up to $27.5 million is allocated to FEP over the next 3 years.

The government recently announced the Forestry Workers Support and Community Resiliency Council, which will further support people in the sector. The council will advise the province about improvements to existing programs and the development of new, forward-looking initiatives to support forestry workers and the economic resiliency of rural communities.

Building resilient communities is an action of the StrongerBC Economic plan.

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