‘It’s vitally important that support is available to those who need it’
Nova Scotia is partnering with Morneau Shepell to open a confidential, toll-free helpline for those affected by the pending closure of the Northern Pulp mill in Ambercrombie.
"The impact of this situation reaches beyond those directly employed in the forestry sector and it’s vitally important that support is available to all those who need it,” says Premier Stephen McNeil. “This dedicated line is one place people can turn to for support."
Callers will receive professional counselling support or a referral to resources in their community, says the government.
“The skilled individuals working in our Canadian Care Access Centres have extensive experience in responding to community situations such as this and fully appreciate the importance of working with community organizations and resources to bring the best solutions to those impacted during this difficult time,” says Stephen Liptrap, president and CEO of Morneau Shepell.
In December, the parent company of the mill announced that Northern Pulp would close.
Nova Scotia recently announced it saw record immigration levels in 2019, which has helped fill persistent labour needs in key sectors, including health care.