Province an­nounces funds for dis­placed fish plant work­ers

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL -

The province has cre­ated a $5.5-mil­lion fund for fish pro­cess­ing plant work­ers whose em­ploy­ment is af­fected by de­clines in shell­fish re­sources, se­vere sea ice con­di­tions and other chal­lenges this year.

Ad­min­is­tered by Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment, the funding will be used to cre­ate short-term in­sur­able em­ploy­ment for el­i­gi­ble work­ers.

The province said it will reach out to af­fected com­pa­nies, com­mu­ni­ties, and res­i­dents to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and de­ter­mine eli­gi­bil­ity for as­sis­tance.

Sup­ports are also avail­able un­der the In­te­grated Tran­si­tion Frame­work for Dis­placed Plant Work­ers.

In­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.fishaq.gov.nl.ca/in­dus­try_re­newal.

“As the in­dus­try nav­i­gates its way through rapid change and dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, we will be there at ev­ery step of the way, work­ing with plant work­ers, har­vesters, busi­nesses, and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to achieve the best out­comes for the fish­ery, and ev­ery­one with a stake in it,” Pre­mier Dwight Ball said in a news re­lease ear­lier this month.

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