Irving putting people to work

The Star has a great article on the ways that Irving Tissue and community groups are putting young people to work in Weston and Mount Dennis.

With the help of the United Way, the plant has partnered with Yorktown, Weston-Mount Dennis Action for Neighbourhood Change, York Youth Coalition, George Brown College and the city. Together, they have identified 13 area youth aged 19 to 29 and are providing them with job and life skills training as well as the mentoring they need to become potential employees.



Irving Tissue expanding

By Laurie Mace

Irving Tissue (1551 Weston Road, west of Jane) will be expanding their paper factory over the next year to accommodate a new plant making top-of-the-line facial tissues.  About 20 residents attended a public information session hosted by Coucillor Nunziata, in the Irving Tissue auditorium.  Also in attendance were Laura Albanese M.P.P. and city community planning staff.

Although referred to as an expansion, it will be a replacement of an existing production line elsewhere in the plant.  Consequently, Irving plant manager clarified that there would be no change in employment (400 jobs) or traffic levels (30 trucks a day).

Councillor Nunziata noted that Irving Tissue has been been working with City staff over the past two years to get their site plan approval application right the first time – everything proposed complies with existing zoning rules.   Lou Moretto, the city’s community planner for Toronto West, noted that more public right-of-way on Weston Road will likely be one of the requirements of an approval.

Most questions from the audience related to water and air emissions from the site.   Irving staff gave assurances that they have “a good working relationship with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.”

Irving’s site plan application is currently in circulation to all relevant agencies for review.   Construction on the new production line is planned for September, for production start-up April 2013.

An interesting side note:  maintenance of the small parkette and historic plaque at the south-east corner of Weston and Clouston has suffered from ongoing confusion about whether the property was owned by the City or Irving Tissue.  Since it has been clarified that it is indeed on Irving property, they has responded by planting a flower garden this spring, and have further plans to install other improvements such as a watering system and bench.

Interesting factoids:

  • The Irving site has operated as a paper tissue mill since 1929.
  • Over 400 employees; operating 24/7.
  • Irving Tissue is Toronto Hydro’s second largest electricity consumer.
  • Since 2001, when they took over from Proctor & Gamble, Irving Tissue has invested over $132 million into this facility.