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.