Alberta government defers timber dues in response to COVID-19 woes
By PJ Boyd
Due to COVID-19’s economic effects on Alberta’s forestry industry, the Alberta government has made the decision to defer timber dues for six months.
This deferral is intended to support companies that have self-isolating staff and others who have been required to work from home.
It will also help rural economies by providing stable employment in the forest industry and help companies who continue to operate to retain their staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Alberta’s forest sector is our third largest resource industry, behind energy and agriculture. Ensuring the economic viability for our responsible forest companies will help Alberta families and contribute to our economic recovery,” said Devin Dreeshen, Alberta’s minister of agriculture and forestry in a press release.