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Domtar, Unifor to donate $1M to Kamloops hospital

November 22, 2019  By P&PC Staff

Domtar and Unifor plan to jointly commit $1 million over the next five years to Royal Inland Hospital (RIH)’s Patient Care Tower Project in Kamloops, B.C., where Domtar operates a pulp and paper mill.

The new Patient Care Tower will add 287,000 square feet to the hospital, essentially doubling the main hospital building’s overall footprint. The donated funds, being split equally between the two organizations, will help to purchase state of the art equipment and other important facility assets needed for the expanding hospital.

Unifor’s donation to RIH Foundation will be split between the national union and Local 10-B.


“We are pleased to support the hospital on this important project that will greatly enhance the medical resources for this community,” says Domtar Kamloops mill manager, Jean-Claude Allaire, in a release. “Being in partnership with Unifor on this project is a testament to our strong relationship, which not only benefits our organizations, but the community at large.”

RIH Foundation CEO, Heidi Coleman, notes the local leadership of Allaire. “Jean-Claude was very keen on supporting the hospital and by working with Unifor, he knew this would lead to an even greater impact on health care excellence for our region. This is an amazing partnership and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

Unifor has approximately 800 members in the Kamloops area, including 350 Domtar employees.

“Domtar is delighted to help build a state-of-the-art facility that will deliver excellent health care to all community members,” says Allaire. “Everyone has a need for healthcare at some point and this perfectly aligns with Domtar’s core value of caring for the community in which we operate.”

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