Government Provides Updates on Job Creation Partnerships Projects
The Provincial Government continues to support job creation and economic growth through the Job Creation Partnerships program. To date this fiscal year, 168 projects employing 780 people have been approved totalling $7.5 million.
Budget 2018 allocates $10.5 million to the program through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement. Applications are being accepted until September 28, 2018.
The Job Creation Partnerships program supports projects that provide individuals eligible for Employment Insurance with opportunities to improve their employability through work experience. These projects benefit the participants as well their communities.
Projects approved this year include those related to community events and development, tourism, infrastructure upgrades, and beautification. Included in the Job Creation Partnerships funding announced to date is almost $44,000 to complete the boardwalk of the Riverside Drive Walking Trail in Bishop’s Falls; part of the Town of Bishop’s Falls Exploits River Development Strategy.
In 2017-18, more than 1,400 individuals participated in the Job Creation Partnerships program through projects delivered by over 250 organizations. Each year, funding is allocated throughout the province based on the share of EI beneficiaries.