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Unifor welcomes investments in Crofton Mill that will help recall over 100 workers

January 23, 2023  By P&PC Staff

B.C. Premier David Eby with Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle and Local 1132 president Travis Gregson outside the Crofton mill. (Photo: Unifor)

Unifor released a statement lauding the combined investments of the David Eby government, the federal government and Paper Excellence that will help recall more than 100 workers at the pulp and paper mill in Crofton.

“This is welcomed news for Vancouver Island forestry workers, their families and their communities,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Forestry is a cornerstone of British Columbia’s economy, but nobody should take it for granted. Investments like this will pay dividends for generations to come.”

The investments announced include $14.3 million from the federal government and $4.5 million from the provincial government’s CleanBC program. Paper Excellence representatives say that the funding will enable the restart of its C2 paper machine and upgrade the efficiency of the mill’s boiler.


“It’s a step in the right direction for the industry, which suffered greatly under the previous government,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western regional director. “After two decades of B.C. Liberal neglect, the province’s forest industry is in dire need of strategic investments. It’s not too late for British Columbia to regain its position as a world leader in forest products, but our governments need to act fast.”

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