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January 18, 2019

Minister Donaldson Details the Solutions for Contractors’ Sustainability

Vancouver – Today, Minister Donaldson shared details for implementing the recommendations from the Contractor Sustainability Review including the elimination of the fair market rate test from the Timber Harvesting Contractor and Sub-contractor regulation (referred to by the forestry industry as Bill 13).

These details expand on Premier Horgan’s announcement yesterday. The Minister announced the details during his address to a full room of 350 timber harvesting contractors at the Truck Logger Association’s 76th annual Convention & Trade Show.

The fair market rate test is a forestry-industry method used to settle rate disputes between contractors and licensees, which have caused lengthy delays in reaching a settlement, contributing to the inability to operate sustainably their businesses. Following extensive consultation in an effort to ensure the forest industry continues operating, the government’s decision to eliminate the method in favour of models and experts will streamline the process that used to take months and years, which should now take up to a maximum of 14 days.

“Elimination of the fair market rate test is a monumental change for our industry, allowing contractors to more equitably share in the value of the timber resource,” says David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association. “It will result in a fundamental shift in the relationships between contractors and their employers across the province.”

Today, Minister Donaldson explained that a six-month process to make the legislative changes will involve continued industry stakeholder consultations, leading to implementation in the fall.

“As a contractor who operates under the Timber Harvesting Contractor and Sub Contractor regulation, these changes should have a direct impact on my business’ ability to be more sustainable,” says Rob Wood, President of Holbrook Dyson Logging in Campbell River. “While a small percentage of the industry operates under this regulation, I believe these changes will influence all non-Bill 13 contractors across the province as well.”
January 17, 2019

Premier Announces Monumental Change for Timber Harvesting Contractors

Vancouver – Today, following the completion of the long-awaited Contractor Sustainability Review and its resulting recommendations, Premier Horgan announced a significant change to the Timber Harvesting Contractor and Sub-contractor regulation, which was the elimination of the fair market rate test.

The Premier made his announcement during his address to a full room of 350 timber harvesting contractors at the Truck Logger Association’s 76th annual Convention & Trade Show.

“Today’s announcement is what we were hoping for and will result in a fundamental shift in the relationship between contractors and their employers across the province,” says David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association. “Elimination of the fair market rate test is a monumental change for our industry, allowing contractors to more equitably share in the value of the timber resource.”

The Premier also made a commitment today to exploring solutions that the TLA has put forward to address the industry’s acute skilled labour shortage.

“After advocating for a training tax credit over the past three years, we are thrilled to hear this announcement,” says David. “We are facing unprecedented retirement in the forest and logging industry, and even today there are far too many logging trucks and heavy equipment sitting idle due to the lack of experienced and competent operators. This may open up substantial opportunity for contractors’ needs for on-the-job training province-wide.”

Finally, the Premier shared details of their new Coast Revitalization Initiative, which focuses on the Coast’s issues evidenced by declines in jobs, lumber production and fibre supply; a continued reliance on log exports; a need for increased First Nations participation in all aspects of the industry and too much waste left in the forests after harvest.

As timber harvesting contractors we recognize change is required and that the industry needs certainty,” says David. “We are hopeful the announced initiatives will support industry sustainability and the TLA remains available to continue working with the Premier to meet the governments objectives while the contractors’ concerns are heard.”
September 05, 2018

Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE 

Dan Miller to facilitate review of resulting recommendations from Contractor Sustainability Review

August 22, 2018, Vancouver – Following the May 17, 2018 announcement of the resulting 13 recommendations from the Contractor Sustainability Review, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development announced today Dan Miller, former Minister of Forests and Premier of BC as the review’s independent facilitator.

Miller will bring independent timber harvesters and forest licensees together to review the recommendations, identify consensus and differing opinions. The long-awaited review, which was undertaken in 2017 to improve competitiveness between logging contractors and forest licensees, has not been made public.

“We’re pleased the government is delivering on their commitment to timber harvesting contractors,” says David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “It’s imperative implementing the recommendations remain a high priority, so it’s reassuring Miller’s report is due by October 2018.”

“We’re pleased with the government’s choice of selecting Miller,” said Mike Richardson, TLA President. “His experience and significant knowledge of the forestry industry and familiarity with its long history of challenges and issues makes him an appropriate facilitator to review the recommendations.”

Timber harvesting contractors are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities. Working to achieve contractor sustainability will allow independent timber harvesting contractors to earn a fair rate of return so they can continue to provide steady, well-paying jobs in BC’s rural communities.
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The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) represents 500 member companies in British Columbia. Our membership supports thousands of workers and, along with other independent contractors, accounts for close to 90 percent of the trees harvested on the coast. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable forest industry in BC.

For more information:
Jennifer Kramer
Director of Communications
Phone: 604.684.4291 ext 2
Cell: 778.989.2939
Email: jennifer@tla.ca

August 22, 2018

Dan Miller to facilitate review of resulting recommendations from Contractor Sustainability Review

Vancouver – Following the May 17, 2018 announcement of the resulting 13 recommendations from the Contractor Sustainability Review, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development announced today Dan Miller, former Minister of Forests and Premier of BC as the review’s independent facilitator.

Miller will bring independent timber harvesters and forest licensees together to review the recommendations, identify consensus and differing opinions. The long-awaited review, which was undertaken in 2017 to improve competitiveness between logging contractors and forest licensees, has not been made public.

“We’re pleased the government is delivering on their commitment to timber harvesting contractors,” says David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “It’s imperative implementing the recommendations remain a high priority, so it’s reassuring Miller’s report is due by October 2018.”

“We’re pleased with the government’s choice of selecting Miller,” said Mike Richardson, TLA President. “His experience and significant knowledge of the forestry industry and familiarity with its long history of challenges and issues makes him an appropriate facilitator to review the recommendations.”

Timber harvesting contractors are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities. Working to achieve contractor sustainability will allow independent timber harvesting contractors to earn a fair rate of return so they can continue to provide steady, well-paying jobs in BC’s rural communities.
February 27, 2018

TLA Welcomes New Board Member

Sig Kemmler was elected to the TLA's Board of Directors at the 75th AGM in January.

Sig Kemmler owns Alternative Forest Operations Ltd. The company employs seven to 10 people and specializes in harvesting really sensitive sites often shared with other resource users such as watersheds, high visually sensitive areas and urban/rural interface areas.

Sig came to Canada from Germany as a child and right out of high school he joined the Forest Technician program at Malaspina College. He graduated in 1979 and soon after joined the Forest Service and the Rapattack Helicopter firefighting team. After five years fighting fires, he decided to become a logging contractor and he’s never looked back. “There’s nothing like wood,” said Sig. “The smell. The look. Everything about it is perfect to me. And I love the challenge of finding ways to harvest difficult areas."


February 21, 2018

Event Manager Opportunity

Event Manager Opportunity

Truck Loggers Association
 
The Truck Loggers Association was formed in 1943 as a non-profit society to give independent timber harvesting contractors a collective voice in the changes taking place in BC’s forest industry. Now in its 75th year, the TLA’s advocacy has attracted a diverse membership including timber harvesting contractors, suppliers, independent forest product producers, small tenure holders, and communities located throughout BC. With a growing membership of more than 490 member companies, the TLA is known as an influential grassroots voice for the small business interests of BC’s forest industry.
 
The Truck Loggers Association is seeking an Events Manager, who must be able to effectively craft and deliver a series of TLA events, many of which have a long and storied reputation of being both fun and professional. 
 
The position is based out of downtown Vancouver where you will be a key member of a small professional team. Some minor travel is required to attend TLA functions and events around BC.

A detailed job description can be found here. Applicants should be prepared to provide compensation expectations with their application.