The Finance Minister says the B.C. government continues to provide support for the workers and communities, while also looking at long term strategies with the Premiere and Minister of Forests.
“We are looking at the revitalization strategy. There are short term things we are looking at and a long-term vision.” – Finance Minister, Carole James
In October, the provincial government announced that contractors, workers and communities impacted by indefinite and permanent mill closures can apply for support programs to help reduce the impact of job losses.
Resources include the retirement bridging program, job placement coordination offices and skills training for employment program.
Despite the losses of the forestry sector and other retail sales drops, James promised to continue cutbacks to discretionary spending within the government.
According to the figures in the quarterly report, James still has $550 million contingency allowance remaining as well as $500 million for a forecast allowance.