QUESNEL – The Province of BC is providing funding of $53,324 for three Community and Employer Partnership programs to the Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation. These announced Labour Market Partnership and Job Creation Partnership programs are assisting workers and the community manage the effects of the Canfor sawmill shutdown scheduled for later this month.

The New Opportunities for former Canfor Employees and Contractors project will be receiving $45,600 in funding from the Province to assist affected mill employees by holding a job fair on April 3, 2014 and with the assistance of a consultant create an economic report to summarize the labour market highlighting projected skills gaps and training needs for the Quesnel area.

Additional funding of $7,724 will be used for two job creation partnership programs to provide valuable work experience for two EI-eligible participants to support small business, tourism and agriculture sectors in Quesnel.

The funding for these projects has been provided through Community and Employer Partnerships, which were introduced in April 2012 as part of the Employment Program of BC. To date, more than $3 million has been committed to Community and Employer Partnerships and more than 70 community-building projects have been funded.