Now silviculture workers can apply for Job Opportunities work or Tuition and Transition assistance under the Community Development Trust Program. A more inclusive definition of eligibility included as part of the federal Community Adjustment Fund provides support for all workers affected by the forest sector downturn.

Silviculture workers will still have to meet certain requirements pertaining to their silviculture work history, their earnings and attachment to the sector. For more information go to

Job Opportunities Program:

Creating job opportunities for unemployed forest workers.

One of three Community Development Trust programs, the Job Opportunities Program is helping unemployed forest workers in forest-dependent communities.

The program is making available $26.25 million over three years. Of this funding, $2 million was allocated to the communities of Mackenzie and Fort St. James in the first year.

If you are a forest-dependent community or organization, or a forest licensee or forest contractor, working in cooperation with a forest-dependent community, here is your opportunity to provide short-term (up to six months) employment for unemployed forest workers while completing local forest-management type work.

The website provides information on how to apply for Job Opportunities Program funding.

Objectives and Principles:

The Job Opportunities Program creates short-term (up to six months) forest management-type job opportunities in or near forest-dependent communities in order to assist laid off workers employed in the forest industry.

Activities funded under the program are consistent with Canada’s obligations under all of its international trade treaties (including the Softwood Lumber Agreement). Forest license holders’ obligations are not relieved or displaced by activities funded through the program.

Eligible unemployed forest workers have the right of first refusal on job opportunities created through the program and are paid at rates appropriate to the skills and qualifications required for the work.

For more information about the Job Opportunities Program, applicants and recipients may contact PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, which is accepting project proposals on behalf of the program:

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
fax: 604-484-7025

For more information about the Community Development Trust:

1-877-238-8882 from B.C. communities outside Victoria
250-387-5349 from Victoria

Source: Community Development Trust
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