Fund­ing for Bac­calieu Trail arche­ol­ogy project

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

The provin­cial govern­ment has al­lo­cated just un­der $60,000 for the Bac­calieu Trail Ar­chae­ol­ogy Project.

The funds were ap­proved un­der the Job Cre­ation Part­ner­ships pro­gram, and will be used to hire par­tic­i­pants, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal field as­sis­tants and lab as­sis­tants to con­struct his­tory boards com­mem­o­rat­ing the 400th an­niver­sary of the voy­age of the In­deav­our, the record­ing of ar­ti­facts on Dildo Is­land and ex­ca­va­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion at Cupids.

It’s part of a to­tal in­vest­ment of some $6.3 mil­lion by the Govern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador to help 748 peo­ple gain valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence and ac­quire skills that sup­port com­mu­nity projects and build provin­cial pros­per­ity.

The pro­gram is pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­di­vid­u­als through 114 projects tak­ing place in 88 com­mu­ni­ties through­out the prov­ince.

“The Job Cre­ation Part­ner­ships pro­gram is help­ing peo­ple gain the work ex­pe­ri­ence and skills nec­es­sary to se­cure a long-term at­tach­ment to the labour mar­ket,” said Joan Burke, Min­is­ter of Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills.

“As we work to de­velop the work­force nec­es­sary to meet grow­ing labour de­mands, the Govern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador is part­ner­ing with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions to un­der­take im­por­tant projects across a va­ri­ety of sec­tors, in­clud­ing tourism, cul­ture and her­itage, sports and re­cre­ation, emer­gency ser­vices, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, mar­ket­ing and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.”

Some other ex­am­ples of 2012 projects in­clude:

• $44,176 to the Pla­cen­tia Area De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion for an in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy project, in­clud­ing the re­view and anal­y­sis of data per­tain­ing to past ac­tiv­i­ties and projects, and to cre­ate in­dex and cat­a­logue dig­i­tized re­sources;

• $59,927 for a project in the Town of Cape St. Ge­orge for waste man­age­ment im­prove­ment and park con­struc­tion where par­tic­i­pants will work for a 26-week pe­riod to com­plete work at a waste dis­posal site, make im­prove­ments to Boutte du Cap Park and fin­ish a trail to Kit­ti­wake Colony;

• $21,185 for the Labrador Hunt­ing and Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay to con­struct and in­stall float­able wharves and ground prepa­ra­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of a 300-me­ter shoot­ing range.

“At a time when ed­u­ca­tion is ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able like never be­fore and de­mand for em­ploy­ment is grow­ing, the Job Cre­ation Part­ner­ship pro­gram con­tin­ues to pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with work ex­pe­ri­ence and skills needed to at­tach to the labour mar­ket,” said Burke. “With the ex­pec­ta­tion that the prov­ince will see as many as 70,000 job open­ings in the next 10 years, the provin­cial govern­ment is work­ing with our part­ners — in­clud­ing busi­ness, labour and train­ing in­sti­tu­tions — to take full ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead and en­sure a pros­per­ous fu­ture for all New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans.”

The Job Cre­ation Part­ner­ship pro­gram fund­ing is pro­vided through di­rect con­tri­bu­tions to spon­sors or through the ex­ten­sion of Em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance ben­e­fits for project par­tic­i­pants and may in­clude inkind or in-cash con­tri­bu­tions from spon­sors. In Novem­ber 2009, re­spon­si­bil­ity for Labour Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment Agree­ment pro­grams and ser­vices, in­clud­ing the Job Cre­ation Part­ner­ship pro­gram, trans­ferred from the fed­eral govern­ment to the prov­ince. Since that time, the provin­cial govern­ment has de­liv­ered ap­prox­i­mately 710 projects with a to­tal value of nearly $34 mil­lion, pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment for over 3,571 in­di­vid­u­als.

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