Chamber seeks forestry help

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is calling for B.C.’s elected officials to set aside their differences and find solutions to support the forest sector and communities.

The chamber wrote to Premier John Horgan, opposition leader Andrew Wilkinson and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver.

Help for BC forest workers

"Mill operations are either being shut down or curtailed, impacting thousands of workers and their families as well as those associated with private contractors and suppliers. Given the uncertainty, these individuals are less likely to make major purchases such as vehicles or homes, or to visit their favourite restaurant as often. That directly affects small businesses that are the very lifeblood of communities like Vernon," said Krystin Kempton, Chamber president, in the letter.

"The Chamber understands that complex factors fuel the current situation, including fibre supply and global competition. However, those complexities should not stand in the way of finding solutions that assist companies, workers and communities over the short and long-term."

As this letter was being shared by the Vernon chamber, the province announced it had put $69 million in a fund that will support forestry workers affected by mill closures and shift reductions in the Interior.

— With files from Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

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