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B.C. government funding invasive species training employment for curtailed mill workers


July 22, 2020
By PJ Boyd
PJ Boyd
Photo: Invasive Species Council of BC

The government of B.C.’s Community and Employer Partnerships program (CEP) is providing $550,000 to the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) for on-site work experience for curtailed mill workers in the province, reports The Williams Lake Tribune. This will give up to nine workers affected from mill curtailments the opportunity to be trained and work in invasive species management and awareness in Ashcroft, Salmon Arm and Williams Lake.

Those chosen will complete 150 site visits across Ashcroft, Salmon Arm and Williams Lake to assist in the protection of agricultural, natural lands and aquatic systems with over 40 invasive species. They will also participate in presentations meant to increase awareness and education on invasive species throughout the province.

“Workers affected by mill curtailments have a lot of transferable skills and deserve the opportunity to put them to use,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in a press release. “This invasive species project is a great opportunity to provide important and meaningful work for people who need it, while reducing the spread and impact of invasive species in B.C.”

This work will take place from July 2020 to March 2021.

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