Jobs program completes projects in the interior – Clearwater Times


The BC government invested $1.87 million in the BC interior last year through the Forest Employment Program, according to a May 13 statement.

Twenty-two projects have been completed under the program, which the province says employed local contractors and workers, focusing on reducing wildfire risk and improving outdoor safety .

The FEP was created in 2o19 in response to a number of indefinite and permanent mill closures in the interior forestry sector, and provides short-term employment to affected workers and contractors. The program was later expanded in 2020 across the province as part of the province’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

Projects in the interior of British Columbia include: road maintenance in Wells Gray Provincial Park, on the Battle Mountain, Stillwater and Clearwater River roads, in the amount of $97,600; improving recreational sites and trails in Barriere, Chase, Logan Lake, Kamloops and Sun Peaks, with funding of $160,560; and bank stabilization of the Bone Creek Forest Service Road along the North Thompson River to protect resident and industry access for $127,800.

“These projects are helping to spur economic recovery in the region, boost leisure and tourism opportunities, reduce wildfire risk and create jobs,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Employment, of Economic Recovery and Innovation, in a press release.

In the Thompson Okanagan region, six FEP projects improved recreation and trails, and 16 others supported safety and accessibility on forest service roads.

Funding for projects has also increased from $15 million over three years to $30 million, which the province says has supported 317 projects, creating 840 short-term jobs.

Budget 2022 allocated an additional $185 million over three years to support forestry workers, industry and communities, and First Nations affected by restrictions on historic logging.

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