Mattawa owes oilfields thanks: Mayor
More than 250 Mattawa residents are currently working in the oilfields in Alberta earning annual salaries of between $120,000 and $150,000, according to Mayor Dean Backer.
“These types of jobs have enabled our community to withstand the economic dips the province has been seeing. It’s kept our community afloat,” Backer said Thursday.
He said there are so many area people working in Alberta for Ceda International they have their own group – The Mattawa Group.
Backer said many would love to return to Ontario because it’s tough living out of suitcase. But the pay is hard to give up.
But jobs out West isn’t the only reason Mattawa’s economic fortunes appear to be rising.
Backer said the recent announcement of a multimillion dollar sawmill facility in Bonfield has helped.
The mill is expected to create 90 jobs. Construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2018 in time for production to start in early 2019.
The site is expected to include a sawmill, dry kilns and a planer mill, moulder mill, and CNC (computer numerical control) facilities, in addition to ancillary buildings in support of the main processing plants.
Backer said Mattawa, 40 minutes east of North Bay, also has become an affordable option for those who want to buy a home and property.
“We’ve become an affordable bedroom community for North Bay,” he said.