December 12, 2023 By P&PC Staff
The Ontario government is investing $426,000 in a new Action Centre to help the 484 pulp and paper workers impacted by the Domtar layoffs in Espanola get back to work quickly.
According to a press statement from the province, a wide range of services and tailored supports will be offered to help the workers transition. This includes seminars on resume writing and cover letters, job searches, financial planning workshops and mental health resources.
“To prepare for the future of work, we need to build a stronger Ontario that leaves no one behind,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “Our government is proud to invest in the Domtar Action Centre to give a hand-up to the hard-working men and women of Espanola so they can land better jobs and bigger paycheques for themselves and their families.”
Working in partnership with Unifor Local 74, Unifor 156 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 956, the Domtar Action Centre will provide customized resources to help affected workers prepare for other well-paying manufacturing work in Northern Ontario. The centre will also connect workers with the resources and training they need to find jobs in forestry, the skilled trades and other in-demand industries.
“Although our ultimate wish would be for all Unifor Local 74 membership to have the opportunity to work together again one day, we are grateful to have been granted approval for the Unifor (Domtar) Action Centre,” said Chris Presley, Unifor local 74 President. “We would like to thank the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development and Unifor national for the contributions and support we have been given during this difficult time. Our action centre coordinators and peer helpers look forward to helping our members find the resources that will help them ease into this transition – this would not have been possible without the partnership between the Ministry and Unifor.”
“Since learning of the plan to idle Domtar’s Espanola Mill, our government has been there for workers to ensure they have the supports they need,” said Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Today’s investment reaffirms that commitment as we continue to support workers impacted by the closure.”
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