MLA urges forest workers over 55 to apply for assistance

  • Aug. 1, 2008 4:00 p.m.

Submitted by Gary Coons–A program to help older forestry workers transition to retirement is accepting applications now, but workers who want in need to apply before August 15, says North Coast MLA Gary Coons.”The program is only accepting applications for a short time,” said Mr. Coons. “It is important for everyone who wants access to this program to get the forms in as soon as possible.”Laid off forestry workers over 55, or those over 55 still working but would like to retire from forestry earlier are eligible for up to $65,000 in assistance money. The money, which is taxable, can be paid out in several ways, including into a Registered Retirement Savings Plan. “Our office can print out the forms for anyone who thinks they may be eligible, and we can help them fill them out,” said Mr. Coons. “It would be a real shame for anyone to miss this chance to get a little help on the way to retirement.”The MLA says anyone with questions can phone his office or contact program administrators at 1-877-238-8882.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Council Briefs | Village of Queen Charlotte: January 6

Grant writing, flood mapping, and the Seventh St. cleanup on the agenda

Pair of Haida Gwaii sailings cancelled due to windstorm

MV Kwuna will be parked due to the adverse weather

Severe wind warning for Haida Gwaii and the North Coast

Winds of more than 100 km/h are predicted for Wednesday afternoon

On the Wing: Christmas Bird Count Reports 2019 part 2

Haida Gwaii’s bird count report for Tlell and Greater Massett

B.C. premier talks forestry, service needs with handful of northern mayors in Prince George

Prince George meeting completes premier’s tour of Kitimat, Terrace, Fort St. James and Quesnel

VIDEO: WHO says China virus not global health emergency

The decision came after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities on Thursday

Risk to Canadians of Chinese coronavirus low, health minister says

Five or six people are being monitored in Canada, including at least one in Vancouver

Uber, Lyft approved for ride-hailing in Lower Mainland

Kater Technologies Inc.’s application was rejected

VIDEO: ‘Porn’ answer was a wrong one for Surrey family on ‘Feud’ game show

Surrey’s Rams competed on the TV show Wednesday night

Abandoned boats left to freeze on Okanagan Lake cause chaos

Over the last week weather conditions have caused three separate incidents

B.C. teacher witnesses coronavirus terror in Shanghai: ‘Everyone is on edge’

Face masks and hand sanitizer ‘sell out’ as 9 SARS-like illness cases confirmed in the city

B.C.-based firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing three

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

Living near major roads linked to higher risk of dementia, Parkinson’s: UBC study

Green space could mitigate some of the risks, researchers found

Most Read