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Former Kenora Forest Products staff receive support from Ontario government


September 8, 2020
By PJ Boyd
PJ Boyd

More than 120 laid-off workers at Kenora Forest Products (KFP) in northern Ontario are getting help in the form of training and counselling from the province, the City of Kenora and Unifor.

The Ontario government is investing more than $330,000 to help retrain the 122 workers who were laid-off from Kenora Forest Products (KFP) after parent company Prendiville Industries filed for bankruptcy in December 2019.

The KFP Action Centre, which opened Sept. 3, was set up by staff from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Unifor Local 324 and the city. It will be run by a Labour Adjustment Committee on behalf of the City of Kenora.

It will connect affected workers — both union and non-union — with local job and training opportunities as well as counselling services to help workers adjust, retrain and rejoin the workforce, according to the province.

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Some virtual services had been available to the workers since June, and the funding agreement for the action centre runs until May 30, 2021.

“We’re glad to now also have a physical location,” said Andrew Poirier, Labour Adjustment Committee chairperson. “It’s really important to help people adjust and find training and work opportunities. And we’re honoured to help people in our community online, over the phone and now also in person.”