Bridging program helps nearly 840 forest workers retire early

Almost 840 B.C. Interior forest workers have gained early retirement in the 18 months since a bridging program was put into play, the provincial government said recently.

By: Mark Nielsen

Almost 840 B.C. Interior forest workers have gained early retirement in the 18 months since a bridging program was put into play, the provincial government said recently.

The program is part of a $69-million package announced in September 2019, to aid workers hit by mill closures and shift reductions in Interior communities.

Of that, $40 million – and later raised to $50 million – was allocated to the program . 

Depending on age, years of experience and employer contributions, qualifying workers have been eligible for up to $75,000 each.

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