When it comes to job loss and mill closures, Ontario has the dubious distinction as the leading province in Canada. (CIBC World Markets report on pulp and paper sector)
Since 2002, the forest industry has shed 10,000 direct jobs and as many as 40,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Without the appropriate public policy in place, the loss of jobs and economic prosperity is likely to continue:
SAWMILL CLOSURES (TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT)
1. Tembec - Kapuskasing Sawmill 120 temporary lay-off 15-Jan-05 to 01-Feb-05. As announced by Tembec, the 120 laid off employees resumed work on Feb. 1, 2005.
2. Tembec - Excel Forest Products - Opasatika sawmill, 78 permanent jobs lost March 4, 2005 .
4. Devlin Timber - Kenora Sawmill 30 jobs lost 01-Apr-05 as a result of poor operating environment including high energy costs)
5. Tembec - Kirkland Lake Sawmill 43 jobs lost 04-Mar-06. Mill
will be transformed to produce finger-jointed lumber. As part of the Tembec - Domtar restructuring mill closed permanently in June 2005.
7. Domtar - Chapleau Sawmill 37 jobs lost 06-Mar-05 to11-Apr-05 as 30 of the 67 permanently laid-off employees return for 6 months. Due to the destruction by fire of the
9. Great West Timber - Thunder Bay Sawmill -- 115 affected 01-Apr-05 to 13-Jun-05 Log delivery problems - back on Monday June 13, 2005. A 16' line is shut down due to lack of logs.
10. Northern Sawmills - Thunder Bay Sawmill 200 temporarily laid off 07-Apr-05 to 30-May-05 200. Lay-off for 7 weeks as half load restrictions have impacted log hauling activities.
12. Uniboard - Temiskaming Shores Particleboard Plant 55 jobs lost indefinitely 30-Jun-05.
Pulp and Paper Mills
13. Domtar - Cornwall Pulp and Paper mill 390 jobs lost indefinitely 08-Mar-05 .
14. Neenah Papers Inc.(formerly Kimberly-Clark) - Terrace Bay Pulp mill 130 jobs lost 01-Mar-05 with closure of its smaller No. 1 Pulp mill as operating costs are too high and the facility is too small to invest in upgrades. (RESTART UNDER BUCHANAN WOOD PRODUCTS SEPTEMBER/06)
Since June 2005
15. Temporary shutdowns
16. Temporary Bowater June 2005 for two weeks, due to high energy costs
17. Temporary lay-offs Nakina July 5 for two weeks
18. Temporary Smooth Rock falls for two weeks
Since June 2005 permanent closures or operational curtailments have been announced:
19. Cascades in
20. Norampac's Red Rock operations: up to 175 jobs lost as one paper machine closed due to high operating costs.
21. Abitibi Consolidated in Kenora: 360 workers permanently laid off with another jobs at risk due to high operating costs.
22. Tembec's Mattawa operation: 120 employs reduced to a four day work week.
23. Temagami Forest Products closed: with remaining 20 of 55 workers laid off due in part to escalating energy costs.
25. Weyerhaeuser: 35 jobs permanently lost November 15 due to closure of round wood processing plant in Dryden. High energy costs and high delivered wood costs cited as the reason for closure.
26. Marathon Pulp and Paper: Wood room being contracted out. Final job loss numbers undetermined but at least 20 workers are in transition.
28. Domtar: Announced for closure in
29. Domtar: Announced January 2006 closure in
30. Dubreuil Forest Products, 45 jobs lost at Chapleau. Lay-offs blamed in part on the softwood lumber dispute.
31. Weyerhaeuser, Dryden. About 80 jobs lost through the idling of one paper machine. Shut down as a result of uncompetitive wood and energy costs combined with declining product demand and weak prices.
32. Bowater Thunder Bay. Between 260-280 jobs lost following announced May 1, 2006 closure of Kraft ďAĒ mill due to high energy and wood delivery costs.
33. Hearst particle board mill indefinitely closed Feb. 10/05 affecting 75 employees with another 25 facing lay-off at a later date.
34. Kruger Inc. said it will let go 350 people who work at its Longlac-based plywood and waferboard operation starting Oct. 1.
35. Buchanan Northern Hardwoods sawmill on
36. Abitibi lays off 90 woodlands workers in
37. Buchanan terminates Woodlands workers supplying former
shutdowns announced across
39. Red Rock (Norampac) Second paper machine closed Sept. 2006 total job loss from two paper machines shut down is 350 employees.
40. Bowater Inc. Thunder Bay shutdown of newsprint operations for minimum of 15 days. 300 people on temporary lay-off.
41. Grant Forest Products, Timmins Mill, indefinite lay-off 140 to 160 employees Sept. 11/o6 due to ongoing labor dispute combined with high production costs.
42. Domtar, Nairn Centre employs about 140 workers, will close on October 13, 2006. Higher procurement and processing costs combined with declining demand is blamed for the closure.
43. Dubreuil Forest Products announced suspension of part of itís sawmill and planning operation effective October 19, 2006, temporarily putting an additional 120 employees out of work. This is in addition to the current 65 employees on lay off. The current condition of the lumber market, high energy, raw material and production costs were cited as the rationale for closure.
44. Tembec announced November 22, 2006, an 8 week restart of its
45. Bowater announced indefinite closure of its Ignace sawmill and reduced production at its
47. Abitibi closes its
48. Domtar announces the October 2007 closure of its