Ontario government invests over $1.2M in Kapuskasing manufacturing
by CM Staff
In partnership with GreenFirst Forest Products, this project is training 66 jobseekers for new and existing roles, as well as upskilling 40 current employees.
KAPUSKASING — The Ontario government is investing over $1.2 million to try and help over 100 people in Northern Ontario train for apprenticeships and well-paying careers in pulp and paper manufacturing. In partnership with GreenFirst Forest Products, this project is training 66 jobseekers for new and existing roles, as well as upskilling 40 current employees to work on the production of EnviroSmart products, a sustainable alternative to plastic and other fossil fuel-based packaging materials.
“After years of neglect under the previous government, we’re working for workers and bringing well-paying manufacturing jobs back to Northern Ontario,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “I am proud to support this project, which delivers millions of dollars to build a stronger community here in Kapuskasing and provide over 100 people with the skills they need to earn bigger paycheques for themselves and their families now, and for decades to come.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many challenges, especially on the North American/Global newsprint markets. We are very pleased to receive funding from the Ontario government,” said Paul Rivett, Chairman of GreenFirst Forest Products. This will ultimately allow for the creation of 45 new full-time positions with a focus on hiring candidates with manufacturing aptitudes that will become skilled trades or high-skilled operators.”
Those who often don’t pursue the trades, such as women, young people, and Indigenous people, are encouraged to apply. Participants will be paid for their training and job placements. New hires are being trained in mill operations, and current employees will receive training to advance their trade certification and earn bigger paycheques. GreenFirst Forest Products expects to employ all who complete the training.
“Our government recognizes that labour shortages are a serious challenge in Northern Ontario, especially in the forestry industry. It’s a challenge we’re committed to rectifying through Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “Providing training opportunities that result in good, well-paying jobs is what the people of Northern Ontario need and deserve to support themselves and their communities.”