Premier Brad Wall says it’s a terrible day for northern Saskatchewan and for 500 people who are losing their jobs at Cameco’s uranium mine in Rabbit Lake. Cameco says it’s suspending operations at the mine because of an oversupply of uranium around the world, caused in part by the shutdown of nuclear facilities in Japan.
Wall says if there is one positive, Cameco decided not to permanently shut down the mine meaning there is an avenue for the facility to start operations again if the price of uranium rebounds.
A team from the provincial ministry of the Economy is en route to Rabbit Lake to assist those affected in a number of different ways when it comes to applying for employment insurance. relocating and training options as they attempt to get those affected back in the workforce.