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Human Resources, Labour and Employment
Tourism, Culture, and Recreation
August 9, 2011

Straits - White Bay North Receives Job Creation Partnership Funding

Through a Provincial Government contribution of $138,909 under the Job Creation Partnership program, 19 individuals have received valuable work experience from three Job Creation Partnership projects in the Straits - White Bay North area.

“Through the Job Creation Partnership program, our government is committed to supporting hundreds of community-based organizations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador that wish to undertake projects of local and regional importance,” said the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment. “The projects highlighted today are fine examples of the impact these projects will have for both the project sponsor and the participants. It is through meaningful work experience that the goal of securing long-term employment is often achieved.”

The Sandy Cove Lions Recreation Committee hired eight labourers, a foreman and a bookeeper to aid in the development of a kiosk for education on the Limestone Barrens Longs Braya Interpretation Development. The same organization also hired a coordinator and two individuals to assist the Sandy Cove/Shoal Cove East Come Home Year Committee. Similarly, the White Bay Central Development Corporation hired six labourers to create a temporary structure for the Sandy Cove/Shoal Cove East Come Home Year event.

“A strong economy makes for a strong community,” said the Honourable Terry French, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. “Positions such as these in the Straits - White Bay North area will enhance local tourism and support our continued efforts to protect, preserve, and celebrate the culture and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

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 in-kind or in-cash contributions from sponsors. Examples of potential partnership initiatives include maintenance and repairs to community infrastructure, such as town halls and churches, the beautification of public areas, and funding to support local events.

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 Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Since that time, the Provincial Government has delivered approximately 475 projects with a total value of nearly $22 million, providing employment for over 2,250 individuals.

For more information on the Labour Market Development Agreement, including Job Creation Partnerships, please visit: www.gov.nl.ca/hrle/lmda

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Media contacts:

Bradley Power
Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources,
Labour and Employment
709-729-0753, 699-5707
Diana Quinton
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 631-8155

2011 08 09             11:15 a.m.

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