Interfor builds value for employees by providing a career where they contribute, grow and prosper.
We bring out the best in our employees by offering long-term, rewarding careers supported by training and education, opportunities for promotion, and great benefits.
Recognizing the Value of Strategic, Targeted Training
Through our learning and development program, we:
- complete analysis and internal evaluations to understand our people and their training needs;
- set short-, medium- and long-term targets for training and development of our employees;
- evaluate training programs for continuous improvement using feedback from employees; and
- anchor key learnings from training and education programs by requiring homework, follow-up questions and manager sign-off on new skills.
Supporting Employee Development and Internal Promotion
Getting employees started off on the right foot is critical. All salaried employees are given an individual onboarding plan based on their background and role. In 2017, we launched a defined onboarding process for our 2,000+ hourly employees.
Once our employees are successfully onboarded, there are a variety of programs to help them progress in their careers.
We focus on building our workforce through our campus recruiting program. Interfor provides co-op/internship students with a defined plan for their success. Each student has a dedicated mentor and is given a meaningful project to complete. We view co-op jobs as an excellent way for students and Interfor to evaluate their potential for full-time employment in forestry and the lumber manufacturing industry. Students are encouraged to work one to two terms with us. Many are offered full-time work if there is a good fit.
Through our ongoing employee development programs and co-op/internship hiring program, we provide employees the opportunity to grow their skills so we can promote from within.
Offering Competitive Compensation & Benefits
In addition to competitive compensation and benefits for all employees, we have an incentive plan for permanent salaried employees that allows them to share directly in the Company’s success. Hourly employees at most of our
mills also share financially in performance improvements through gain-sharing programs at their divisions.
Our Employee Assistance Program offers professional and confidential counseling services to help employees deal with personal concerns and life issues such as depression, marital and family conflicts, job pressures, stress and anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, and grief and loss.
Ensuring a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
Interfor is an equal opportunity employer with high ethical standards. Our Code of Conduct & Ethics goes beyond compliance with workplace laws in Canada and the United States to promote workplaces that are free from harassment and discrimination. It is backed by a whistleblower hotline where employees can confidentially raise concerns.
We use training programs and workshops to further awareness and understanding regarding diversity and promote a professional and inclusive work environment. Bullying and harassment prevention is covered in our leadership training and reinforced through respectful workplace training as well as regular employee discussions.
Efforts to improve the diversity of our workforce are ongoing. Action plans are in place at a mill level and we are focused on increasing the number of women and minorities throughout our workforce. One example of this work is the inclusion of HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) in our campus recruitment strategy to increase the number of minority students applying for co-op positions.
Meeting our Operational Changes Obligations
Across the Company, Interfor provides employees affected by operational changes with a notice period in accordance with employment standards regulations and collective agreements.
Respecting Freedom of Association
Interfor respects each employee’s right to join or not join an association or union of their choice, free from coercion and without fear of harassment or intimidation. Interfor is committed to constructive engagement and stable relationships with our employees and, where applicable, bargaining in good faith with the organizations that represent them.
Interfor Employee Demographics
As of December 31, 2019