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.

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