Fund­ing boosted for em­ploy­ment pro­gram


The pro­vin­cial govern­ment an­nounced last week it has in­creased the fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion to the Com­mu­nity En­hance­ment Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram (CEEP) by ap­prox­i­mately $4 mil­lion.

A news re­lease stated the move is in re­sponse to em­ploy­ment pres­sures in ru­ral ar­eas through­out New­found­land and Labrador,

“Our govern­ment has been hear­ing from a num­ber of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties who have re­quested as­sis­tance for in­di­vid­u­als re­quir­ing a short amount of hours to bridge the gap to qual­ify for em­ploy­ment in­surance,” Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’Brien said.

“Ad­di­tional fund­ing will help meet the de­mands of these in­di­vid­u­als, and will be dis­trib­uted to the ar­eas with great­est need based on con­di­tions in the fish pro­cess­ing sec­tor along with other lo­cal fac­tors. Fund­ing will sup­port the hir­ing of ad­di­tional work­ers for some projects al­ready ap­proved, and will also en­able the depart­ment to fund ad­di­tional projects in other com­mu­ni­ties.”

The $4 mil­lion is in ad­di­tion to the $4.6 mil­lion for the pro­gram an­nounced in June, and the $275,000 an­nounced in Oc­to­ber for em­ploy­ment sup­port to as­sist fish plant work­ers dis­placed as a re­sult of Hur­ri­cane Igor dam­age to the Ocean Choice fish pro­cess­ing plant in Port Union.

It is an­tic­i­pated that as many as 1,500 in­di­vid­u­als may ben­e­fit from the ad­di­tional em­ploy­ment as­sis­tance.

Project al­lo­ca­tions will be made over the next sev­eral weeks. To ad­dress the im­me­di­ate need in Black Tickle, $ 100,000 has been ap­proved for a project that is ex­pected to start very soon.

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