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Province opens forestry job offices in northern B.C.

Mackenzie, Fort St. James among communities to set up shop for impacted workers

The province has opened five offices across B.C.'s north and central interior regions to help displaced forestry workers find new jobs.

The offices will give workers access to direct, hands-on supports at job placement co-ordination, the province's Ministry of Labour said in a statement today (Jan. 15).

"Each office employs a co-ordination officer who is a displaced forestry worker," the ministry said in an information bulletin.

"These co-ordinators understand what clients are experiencing and are trained to assist others in finding new jobs or training opportunities."

The office locations are as follows:

  • Mackenzie = 1 Cicada Rd.
  • Fort St. James = 2537 Stones Bay Rd.
  • Fort St. John = Beaton Building 100-10003 110 Ave.
  • 100 Mile House = 300 Highway 97 S.
  • Clearwater = 687 Yellowhead Hwy.

The job placement offices will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Eligible workers will have their needs and goals assessed before being connected to government programs or services that match them with jobs, supports, or training.

This can include education upgrades, special designations, credentials or certifications ranging from trade tickets to driver's licence classifications, the ministry said.

The assessment will also look at a worker's willingness to move to where similar job vacancies are available, and whether they have other skills needed in different sectors and trades facing labour shortages.

You can call 1-844-778-2200 with any questions about the program or eligibility concerns.

- with files from Matt Preprost, Alaska Highway News