Emergency funding for forestry workers

Forestry sector workers who have been affected by the closure of the Northern Pulp mill can apply for emergency funding.

This payment is meant to help laid off forestry workers or self employed workers who are now unemployed cover basic needs.


Any forestry sector worker laid off because of the closure of the Northern Pulp mill may be eligible. This also is available to self-employed workers and workers who aren’t eligible for Employment Insurance.

Needs are being assessed on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply

You need to call the toll free line, 1-833-424-8849 and an application will be completed over the phone. The operator will tell you how you can submit all the required documentation.

Make sure you have:

  • a copy of your layoff notice, Record of Employment or proof of application for Employment Insurance—if you don’t have any of these, be prepared to provide a copy your most recent pay stub
  • Social Insurance Number
  • a bill, bank statement, or other official letter that confirms your home address
  • photo ID
  • direct deposit form or void cheque
  • birth dates and names of your spouse and dependents, if applicable

Help for workers

Once you’ve completed the application over the phone and provided all required documentation, direct deposit payments should take 2 to 4 business days. Cheques should be mailed in 3 to 5 business days.