Municipal Affairs and Environment
August 15, 2017

Residents of William’s Harbour Moving Forward with Relocation

Residents of the Local Service District of William’s Harbour in Labrador and the Provincial Government are moving forward with the relocation of the community.

One hundred per cent of the community residents who are eligible to relocate have taken the formal steps. This surpasses the 90 per cent threshold and allows the Provincial Government to advance to the next step of taking title to permanent residential and commercial properties and advancing payments to residents.

The financial assistance provided to property owners under the Community Relocation Policy will give individuals the opportunity to transition to another community and avail of services in that new community. The relocation of William’s Harbour is being undertaken under the previous policy as this process began before the policy was updated in November 2016. The updated policy can be viewed here PDF.

The Provincial Government will invest approximately $4 million for the relocation. Over 20 years, the relocation will result in savings of approximately $7.9 million.

The intent of the Community Relocation Policy is to provide opportunities for timely and transparent consideration of community-initiated, community-driven relocation requests.

“The Community Relocation Policy exists so that the Provincial Government can offer financial assistance to a community in which 90 per cent or more of its residents express a desire to relocate. We have worked for some time with the residents of William’s Harbour on this process and are pleased to see it moving forward.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“Leaving home is never an easy thing to do, especially when it's somewhere you've lived your entire life. ‎With our province’s aging population and shrinking communities, relocation is sometimes a reality. While I'm pleased the residents of Williams Harbour will be provided assistance, I want them to know I'm thinking about them during this transition.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and MHA for Cartwright - L’Anse au Clair

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Media contacts
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466

Michelle Ryland
Constituency Assistant to
Honourable Lisa Dempster, MHA for Cartwright - L’Anse au Clair

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