‘Devastating’ to arts
NDP raises concerns over cuts to Work Experience P.E.I.
NDP P.E.I. Leader Mike Redmond says he is dismayed by the government’s decision to cut the Work Experience P.E.I. jobs program by 70 per cent.
A total of 182 positions were funded through the program last year, which is one of five existing provincial jobs programs, Redmond notes.
Government’s recent speech from the throne indicated government would work with businesses, tourism and cultural groups, post-secondary institutions and capital sources to ensure that Prince Edward Island has a vibrant economic development strategy.
“Our non-profit arts and cultural organizations rely heavily on funding from the work experience program for temporary project staffing,” Redmond said.
“Without funding for positions, vibrant, successful events like Art in the Open in the minister’s own district are in jeopardy,” he added, referencing Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Richard Brown’s Charlottetown-Victoria Park riding.