The District of Mackenzie was created as an “instant town” in the mid-1960s to support the expansion of new forest industry activities in the interior of northern British Columbia. In recent years, the town has been challenged by economic change and its resulting employment mobility issues. During 2007-2008, a significant downturn in the forest sector resulted in the closure of all local wood processing mills. Many workers moved for employment opportunities outside of the community, while their families stayed at home. Now that the forest sector has rebounded, the mills have reopened and workers (returning and new recruits) are moving back into the community.
Today the District of Mackenzie is a thriving town of more than 3,800 with an active and diverse resource based economy. As a partner with On the Move, the District will actively connect researchers with local companies, unions and workers and with various support services in the community. The District will also participate in the review of research results and discussion of recommendations. This collaborative relationship will help the community as it continues to manage change and plan for a bright, sustainable future.
Partner website: www.district.mackenzie.bc.caTop ^