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August 2, 2010

Six Job Creation Partnership Projects Approved for St. George's-Stephenville East

The Provincial Government supported six projects employing 16 individuals in the St. George's-Stephenville East area through a maximum investment of up to $116,223 under the Job Creation Partnership program.

The funding resulted in the hiring of one individual to work with the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network as a youth liaison to engage Aboriginal youth; the hiring of four individuals to assist the Codroy Valley Development Association with enhancing the local trail system and making improvements to the Holy Trinity Church; and the hiring of four individuals to assist the Bay St. George South Area Development Association with repairs and enhancements to the Community Venue in Bay St. George South. The funding also provided for the hiring of seven participants to help the Bay St. George Mi�Kmaq Cultural Revival with the planning, implementation and delivery of the Flat Bay Powwow which happened two weeks ago.

"Job Creation Partnership projects are a strong example of how our government supports non-profit and community-oriented groups to undertake initiatives that focus on supporting local and regional needs," said the Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment. "These specific projects not only help stimulate economic activity, but also promote tourism, provide people with a clear sense of the area's Aboriginal history, and help important community and church organizations continue their mandates."

"I am very pleased to see these important Job Creation Partnership projects approved," said the Honourable Joan Burke, MHA for St. George's-Stephenville East. "These initiatives will help individuals and organizations in the Bay St. George and Codroy Valley regions boost heritage experience for visitors and complete projects that are focused on long-term benefits for our communities and people."

Through Job Creation Partnerships, non-profit community-based organizations, municipal governments and businesses partner with the Provincial Government to address local priority needs. Examples of potential partnership initiatives include maintenance and repairs to community infrastructure, such as town halls and churches; the beautification of public areas; and the staffing of businesses or organizations. In addition to in-kind or in-cash contributions from sponsors, Job Creation Partnership program funding is provided through direct contributions to sponsors or through the extension of Employment Insurance benefits for project participants.

On November 2, 2009, responsibility for Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA) programs and services, including the Job Creation Partnership program, transferred from the federal government to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

For more information on the Labour Market Development Agreement, including Job Creation Partnerships, please visit:

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Media contacts:

Bradley Power
Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
709-729-0753, 697-5216
Janine Carter
Constituency Assistant to the Honourable Joan Burke, MHA for St. George's-Stephenville East

Labour Market Development Agreement

Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs) are bilateral agreements between the Federal Government and the Provincial/Territorial Governments that provide funding focused on helping EI-eligible persons increase their opportunities within the labour market.

LMDAs were established in 1996 and many jurisdictions at the time chose to sign an agreement with the Government of Canada that transferred LMDA responsibility to the province. Under such an agreement, provinces and territories assume responsibility for the design, delivery and management of the programs and services.

Newfoundland and Labrador, along with a number of other jurisdictions, chose the co-managed model where the Federal Government delivered the programs and services but shared responsibility for the design, management and evaluation of these programs with provinces and territories. Since 1996, LMDA programs and services have been delivered in this province through Service Canada offices.

On September 5, 2008, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador signed a devolved LMDA with the Government of Canada. Under the devolved LMDA, the Provincial Government assumes responsibility for the design and delivery of approximately $133 million annually in EI-funded Employment Benefits and Support Measures, effective November 2, 2009.

For the next two years, all provinces and territories will receive additional LMDA funding under the Federal Government's stimulus package, which was released in the last federal budget. Newfoundland and Labrador's share of this funding is an additional $14.7 million per year.

2010 08 02                                                  12:20 p.m.

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