The job cuts announced this week by Saskatoon-based PotashCorp will affect some Manitoba-based company employees, though not as many as in our neighbour province.
The Canadian Press reported yesterday that PotashCorp’s job cuts will affect about 1,045 people, with the largest cuts made in Saskatchewan. About 440 people will lose their jobs in that province, and most of those at the company’s Lanigan division where one of two mills will suspend production by the end of the year.
Though the company blamed a soft demand for potash and phosphates for the business decision, just last year the Sun was reporting a business boom for the corporation.
“Fuelled by the potash and oil industries, economic growth is spilling into communities like St. Lazare, McAuley and Foxwarren,” the Sun had reported in February of last year. “The main reason for the spinoff is the communities’ proximity to PotashCorp’s mine in Rocanville, just five kilometres across the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.”
At the time, the mine in Rocanville was in the midst of a $2.8-billion expansion that was expected to increase its production from three tonnes of ore to 5.7 tonnes of ore per year. Global News reported yesterday that the Rocanville facility is not expected to be impacted by the job cuts, and its expansion will continue.
Unfortunately, there are still several employees in western Manitoba communities, such as Birtle, who will be affected by the job cuts.
It’s quite concerning to see a large nearby corporation downsize so drastically in our own backyard. We hope this is not a continuing trend.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 5, 2013