Eurocan Mill Closure

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Issued by: Mayor & Council, District of Kitimat
November 05, 2009

File: Eurocan Pulp & Paper Co., Mill Closure

The Mayor & Council of the District of Kitimat greatly regret West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd has announced permanent closure of Eurocan Mills. We acknowledge the hardships this will bring to many individuals and families. We want to reassure the people of Kitimat and the Northwest region that we will help, as best we can, to alleviate this difficult situation.

The community of Kitimat is responding to this significant economic challenge. The Province of British Columbia has appointed a three-member team from the Ministry of Community Development to assist us. RuralBC Secretariat team members met with Mayor and Council on Wednesday. This is the starting point of a coordinated effort that will involve a range of public and not-for profit agencies and other partners.

Although we face a major challenge today it is important to remember that Kitimat has many assets to help us create a positive future:

  • Our economic base is strong
  • Our economic development efforts will continue to promote the attributes and strategic advantages that have attracted, and will continue to attract, potential investors: our industrial character; our familiarity with 24/7 business; our experienced labour force; our port and harbour back-up lands
  • Kitimat will, we believe, always offer a friendly small-town atmosphere, affordability, unparalleled recreation opportunities, a spectacular natural setting and an excellent quality of life

Municipal services, recreation services and other government services will continue to be provided at a high standard. We anticipate changes will need to be managed as we move forward. We will continue to keep our citizens informed as plans evolve.

Contact: Mayor Joanne Monaghan or
Municipal Manager Trafford Hall

Phone: (250) 632-8900