B.C. announces more forestry supports as mills extend layoffs

B.C.’s provincial government has announced further supports for the forest industry as several mills have said temporary layoffs will extend into February due to poor market conditions.

In Delta today, Forests Minister Bruce Ralston unveiled the B.C. Timber Sales Value-Added Manufacturing Program which sets aside dedicated fibre supply to small- and medium-sized secondary manufacturers.

Ralston says 10 per cent of the available timber supply in the province will now be dedicated to manufacturing companies that don’t have direct access to their own fibre supplies to bid on.

“Our government’s vision is to build a stronger, more resilient forestry industry through more value-added manufacturing,” he said in a statement.

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