Take-Away from Catalyst Paper Talk on Sept 26th, 2017


Couldn’t make it the Powell River Public Library talk by Catalyst Paper on September 26th? Our own Rob Hughes was there and here are some notes he gleaned for us!

On Applying:

  • Starting Oct 10 applicants will be required to create an online profile (see www.catalystpaper.com)
  • Drop an updated resume to the gate every 3-4 months
  • Every February Powell River’s Catalyst Paper starts hiring for about 40 people for the annual Spring Shutdown that is 2 weeks long
  • Catalyst tends to hire most of the Shutdown staff into full time positions in the mill.

Skillsets Catalyst is seeking now:

  • They are really looking for transportation certifications, so focus resume on these – Air Brakes(highest priority) Class 3, HEO, etc.


  • New hires join the Labour relief pool and work full time hours until they post into an available position in a department of their choosing
  • There is “more than enough work” to keep the relief pool staff full time hours
  • Training wage is 70% of starting rate of $25.79 increasing by 10% over 2 yrs
  • Trades people start at their industry standard pay rate
  • Shifts for Administration, Stores, Lab and related support positions are Monday to Friday, from 7am-3pm and Trades and Paper-making departments work 10 TO 12 hour shifts, 2 days + 2 nights and 4 days off


  • In Powell River, Catalyst Paper produces: Wax paper, freezer paper, butcher paper, paper bags, and paper towels

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