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Kelowna to get $100,000 from province to help Tolko workers

Tolko mill in Kelowna.
December 23, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Kelowna is getting $100,000 from the province to help deliver supports to Tolko workers and their families who have been affected by the mill closure.

"The challenges facing Interior forest communities are unprecedented, and that's why we are getting these resources where they are most urgently needed," Doug Donaldson, minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development said, in a press release issued today, Dec. 23.

"Funds from these community support grants are going directly to the local governments, as they have first-hand knowledge of what supports are most needed in their communities."

Support services and programs could include employment workshops and training, counselling services and support for food banks.

The Community Support Grants Program is providing communities with permanent mill closures up to $100,000; communities with indefinite mill closures up to $75,000; and communities with permanent shift reductions up to $50,000.

In addition to money Kelowna is getting, Clinton, Clearwater and Quesnel and Kelowna are each receiving $100,000; Fort St. James, Fort St. John, Mackenzie, 100 Mile House and Regional District of East Kootenay Area B (Jaffray) are each receiving $75,000; the Regional District of Fraser Fort George Area C (Isle Pierre) and Merritt are each receiving $50,000.

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