2010-07-23

Province disputes projected forestry-job losses due to beetle

B.C.’s Forests Minister says out-of-date information was used in an analysis that projects thousands of jobs will be lost around the province because of the mountain pine beetle infestation.

While Central 1 Credit Union says the impact will cost more than 11,000 jobs in the next 20 years, Pat Bell said Thursday the industry is poised to gain up to 10,000 jobs in the next decade.

“It's important for the public to understand [that] while this data may have been relevant to 2005-2006, compared to today's employment numbers we should see employment growth in the forest industry, not decline,” Mr. Bell said.