B.C. Forest Minister indicates COVID-19 has led to nearly two-dozen mill curtailments

By Victor Kaisar

B.C.’s Forests Minister says almost two dozen mills in the province have had to curtail or shut down operations because of COVID-19.

Speaking on NL Newsday, Doug Donaldson says it shows the impact the pandemic is having on an already beleaguered sector of the B.C. economy, which has been deemed to be essential.

“We have somewhere in the neighbourhood of 45 curtailed or closed mills at this point,” he said. “Certainly that number wasn’t that high until we saw COVID-19 impacts, so I think you can draw a pretty straight line between many of those curtailments that we saw in March and in early April and the lack of housing starts in the United States.”

“I mean I think we were around 24 mills that had been curtailed and now we are at 45, and that’s just been in the last six weeks. So yes, COVID has had its impact.”