Atlantic premiers talk economics in Saint John

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New plan will see region co-operate on ‘apprenticeship harmonization’

CHARLOTTETOWN – Atlantic premiers have a clearer focus on the future of economic development and job creation in the region following meetings Monday, in Saint John, N.B.

P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz.

The Council of Atlantic Premiers (CAP) met in New Brunswick’s port city to outline their plans for the economy, among other regional issues.

P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz said the meeting was a good opportunity for him and the premiers of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador to share their objectives.

“We focused on how we as an Atlantic region can strengthen the local economy,” said Ghiz. “Specifically, we discussed how we can capitalize on our region’s abundance of energy resources – hydro, wind, natural gas, oil and others, meanwhile recognizing the vital role skilled workers play in the development and future of these resources.”

In reflection of the discussion and commitment by CAP, Premiers signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on apprenticeship harmonization that will help retain skilled workers for current and future development.

The MOU commits Atlantic Provinces to harmonizing 10 trades across the region over the next four years.

Provinces will collaborate on many initiatives including online training, increased marketing efforts around the attraction and retention of skilled workers and skill development of youth.

The premiers also discussed their united recognition of the federal government’s role in relation to the retention of skilled workers - through labour market agreements, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and other major federal government programs. Premiers committed to bringing these issues forward to their colleagues at the August meeting of the Canadian Premiers being held in Charlottetown. 

Organizations: Council of Atlantic Premiers

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Saint John, Nova Scotia Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Provinces Charlottetown

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