Wil­liam’s Har­bour re­lo­ca­tion mov­ing ahead

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - NEWS -

WIL­LIAM’S HAR­BOUR, LABRADOR – The re­lo­ca­tion of res­i­dents in the south­ern Labrador com­mu­nity of Wil­liam’s Har­bour is of­fi­cial.

A news re­lease is­sued by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment last Tues­day in­di­cated 100 per cent of the com­mu­nity res­i­dents who are el­i­gi­ble to re­lo­cate have taken the for­mal steps to do so, sur­pass­ing the 90-per-cent thresh­old re­quired.

The prov­ince can now take ti­tle to per­ma­nent res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties and ad­vance pay­ments to res­i­dents.

The re­lo­ca­tion is be­ing un­der­taken un­der the pre­vi­ous pol­icy as the process be­gan be­fore the pro­ce­dure was up­dated in last Novem­ber.

“The com­mu­nity re­lo­ca­tion pol­icy ex­ists so that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment can of­fer fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to a com­mu­nity in which 90 per cent or more of its res­i­dents ex­press a de­sire to re­lo­cate,” Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Ed­die Joyce said.

“We have worked for some time with the res­i­dents of Wil­liam’s Har­bour on this process and are pleased to see it mov­ing for­ward.”

The re­lo­ca­tion will cost the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment ap­prox­i­mately $4 mil­lion, but re­sult in a sav­ings of roughly $7.9 mil­lion over 20 years, the re­lease stated.

“Leav­ing home is never an easy thing to do, es­pe­cially when it’s some­where you’ve lived your en­tire life,” said Chil­dren, Se­niors and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Lisa Demp­ster, who is the MHA for Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair.

“With our prov­ince’s ag­ing pop­u­la­tion and shrink­ing com­mu­ni­ties, re­lo­ca­tion is some­times a re­al­ity. While I’m pleased the res­i­dents of Wil­liam’s Har­bour will be pro­vided as­sis­tance, I want them to know I’m think­ing about them dur­ing this tran­si­tion.”

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