Pending job cuts at the Ministry of Natural Resources will be offset by future hirings, according to an MNR spokespserson.
In an e-mail to CBC News, senior media relations officer Jolanta Kowalski said nine jobs will be cut in Thunder Bay, however reorganization in the coming months will see the filling of new as well as vacant positions — and will result in a net increase of 15 MNR staff in Thunder Bay by next year.
According to the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, the ministry announced Tuesday it will cut 102 jobs in 24 district offices across Ontario, including administrative support staff, digital mapping staff, regulatory compliance staff, foresters and biologists. But the union said it also announced plans to hire for 250 jobs in regional and district offices.
Kowalski’s statement may have a positive spin, however Dryden’s mayor said the loss of seven jobs at the local ministry office will hurt his community.
Craig Nuttall said he doesn’t blame the province for trying to cut costs, but he said the change will be tough on the community and on individual families.
“Loss of any jobs will affect us because, number one, these are permanent jobs that they’re cutting and you always hate to see families rooted up and go somewhere and lose their jobs,” he said.