Mine shutdowns continue in the District of Tumbler Ridge

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training is in Tumbler Ridge, is working with the district and stakeholders to help in the worker transition services were available.

We know it’s a stressful time for families and for Tumbler Ridge,” Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond said. “We’ve been impressed by the hard work and determination shown by the District of Tumbler Ridge during this challenging situation. Together we are working to find ways to mitigate the impacts the layoffs are having on workers, their families and the community.”

Ongoing assistance includes a worker transition working group, coordinating efforts related to programs, services and training for laid off workers as well as tracking re-employment where possible.

Last month, 415 employees were  laid off at the Wolverine mine and 280 at the Brazion operation. That lead the company to incur severance charges of approximately $7 million in the second quarter of 2014 in connection with the idling of the mines.

Stakeholder meetings and a Community Resource Guide are currently being developed.

The district is planning to host a two-day Job Fair on June 24 – 25, at the local community centre.

More details will emerge as the planning progresses.