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Paper Excellence permanently closes Catalyst Paper Tiskwat

August 17, 2023  By CFI Staff

Catalyst Paper Tiskwat mill. Photo supplied.

Paper Excellence has announced the permanent curtailment of Catalyst Paper Tiskwat, its paper mill in Powell River, B.C.

“It was a difficult decision to curtail Tiskwat indefinitely in December 2021,” said Stew Gibson, chief operating officer. “Following a comprehensive review of options, it has been determined that a restart of a pulp or paper business is not feasible. We now look forward to the redevelopment of the site.”

In the 18 months since the indefinite curtailment, the majority of employees took voluntary severance, and a small number chose to transfer to another Paper Excellence mill. When fully operating, Catalyst Paper Tiskwat employed approximately 200 people.

“The mill is secured and has been de-risked in terms of removing all major chemicals, fibre and fuels from the site,” said Graham Kissack, vice-president, environment, health and safety and corporate communications. “Longer term environmental assessments are underway.”


“We are in conversation with potential buyers for the site,” said Gibson. “However, it is too early in the process to make public statements.”

Paper Excellence will continue to supply pulp and paper customers with production from its other operating mills in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

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