Job fair planned for Peace Valley OSB mill workers

A job fair will be held next week for workers impacted by the pending shut down at the Peace Valley OSB mill.

The fair will be hosted at the mill Tuesday, July 30, and comes as a response from multi-agency team put in place after Louisiana Pacific announced its indefinite curtailment in June. 

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"A number of these employers have a large pool of candidates that they need to fill for upcoming projects," said Anne McMenamin, senior employment counsellor for WorkBC.

"We're really hopeful as many as possible can be redeployed."

The curtailment, effective Aug. 9, affects 192 workers, though some will stay on at the mill for care and maintenance, McMenamin said. The job fair is open to workers and contractors affected by the closure. 

Contractors involved in building the Site C dam will have a big presence at the fair, including BC Hydro, Peace River Hydro Partners, AFDE Partnership, Saulteau Security, and ATCO. 

Other confirmed employers include Tracker Contracting, Strait Projects, MasTec, CN Rail, School District 60, Fero Construction, as well as Canfor Fort St. John and Taylor, and West Fraser Chetwynd. Other employers are pending, McMenamin said.

Service Canada will also be onsite to provide information regarding employment insurance, the Industry Training Authority, and Northern Lights College for trades training and education, and Community Futures for its self-employment program.

The fair is being organized by WorkBC and comes as a result of meetings of the Peace Valley OSB worker transition team. That team includes the city, Taylor, the Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Pacific, BC Hydro, as well as a number of government agencies including WorkBC, Service Canada, and the ministries of social development and poverty reduction, and forests, land, natural resources, and rural development. The college, ITA, and Community Futures are also part of the team.

The job fair is being funded by the ministry of social development and poverty reduction. The group continues to meet and other organizations will be included as needed, McMenamin said.

Officials at Louisiana Pacific, headquartered in Tennessee, could not be immediately reached Thursday morning.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

(Note to readers: The job fair is being planned by WorkBC, not the Peace Valley OSB worker transition team as previously reported. The fair is being is being funded by the ministry of social development and poverty reduction.)

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