British Columbia

Canfisco cannery closing operations in Prince Rupert

In another blow to fisheries on B.C.'s north coast, Canfisco says it will cease canning operations in Prince Rupert.

More than 500 jobs could be lost, as company reacts to falling demand for canned salmon

Falling demand for canned salmon is forcing a Prince Rupert cannery to close. (cbc)

In another blow to fisheries on B.C.'s north coast, Canfisco says it will cease canning operations in Prince Rupert.

More than 500 jobs could be lost at what was once the world's largest cannery, with the falling demand for canned salmon blamed for the company's decision.

"We're moving more to fresh and frozen products," Rob Morley, vice president of production and corporate development for Canfisco told CBC News.

"And the other thing is, our labour costs and the cost of operation in that cannery, are much higher than all our competitors in Alaska. So it is tough to compete."

Canfisco is one of the largest employers in Prince Rupert, which raises concerns for the city.

Mayor Lee Brain said he wanted to meet with the company in an effort to keep as many salmon industry jobs in the city as possible.       

With files from George Baker

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