The District of Kitimat has unanimously passed two new motions related to out-of-region workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first, put forward by Coun. Mario Feldhoff, proposes that “The District of Kitimat acknowledges the commendable effort of local industry such as LNG Canada, Coastal GasLink and Rio Tinto to protect the health of our community.”
It further states that “for the health and safety of our community during COVID-19 provincial state of emergency the District of Kitimat calls upon all employers in Kitimat to refrain to the greatest extent possible from bringing workers and contractors from outside the Kitimat/Terrace area into our community.”
In putting forth the motion Mayor Germuth and other councillors pointed out they cannot force businesses to not bring workers in and that the wording represents the District’s personal view in the matter versus something like an enforceable rule.
Another motion put forth by Mayor Germuth, that “the District of Kitimat contact Northern Health, including the Northern Health medical officer, appropriate provincial representatives, LNG Canada, Coastal GasLink, Kitimat LNG, JGC Fluor, Horizon North and Civeo to discuss concerns about fly-in-fly-out workers amid the pandemic of COVID-19,” was approved unanimously with two additional amendments of including both Rio Tinto and SL&B to the aforementioned industry list.
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