Canfor announces shift reduction at Canal Flats saw mill

81 employees affected; will be offered positions at other Canfor operations

The Canal Flats saw mill will begin operating on one shift as of May 4, 2015, Canfor has confirmed.

Corinne Stavness from the corporate head office in Toronto says that due to a lack of economically available fibre in the region, the saw mill will go from two shifts to one.

“This reduction will affect 81 Canal Flats-based employees, all of whom will be offered positions elsewhere in the company,” Stavness said.

“The Canfor executive and management teams recognize that this decision will involve great personal cost to employees at our Canal Flats mill.  Unfortunately, the available fibre supply in the region is not sufficient to support the processing capacity and we must make this reduction.

“Canfor is actively hiring at our other facilities in British Columbia and it is our hope that all 81 Canal Flats employees affected in this shift reduction will accept positions at other Canfor divisions. As a company, we are committed to a fair and transparent process to place our employees in new jobs.

“Moving to one shift will also result in a change in the mill’s operating hours to an eight-hour shift, Monday to Friday.”