Fisheries and Land Resources
Municipal Affairs and Environment
July 4, 2018

Support Announced for Fish Plant Workers

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has made $2.5 million available to support plant workers impacted by the downturn in the fishing sector. Funding will come from the Labour Market Development Agreement and is in addition to $500,000 for other supports available under the Integrated Transition Framework for Displaced Plant Workers, which responds to communities and individuals impacted by fish plant closures.

Administered by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, the funding will help displaced workers find new employment. The Provincial Government will be reaching out to impacted companies, communities and residents, to provide information on available supports and to determine eligibility for assistance.

This funding builds on the assistance and support provided through the Community Enhancement Employment Program administered through the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, which provides funding to eligible sponsors, including towns, Inuit Community Governments, regional municipalities, local service districts, community and economic development organizations, and other non-profit organizations.

“When communities in our province are impacted by an industry downturn, our government is there to help. We have programs and services across multiple departments designed to support displaced workers in finding new employment and support to retrain or upgrade skills. It is important to support the workers who are affected in our fishing sector and ensure we have a skilled workforce available when it rebounds.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

“Our government is working hard to create short-term employment opportunities for affected employees. We are committed to economic and social development in communities and will continue to work to support residents and their families as they deal with impacts to industry.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

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Media contact
Kathy Dicks-Peyton
Fisheries and Land Resources
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Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466

2018 07 04                              2:50 p.m.