Residents of Havre Boucher and Antigonish will benefit from improved drinking water and wastewater treatment thanks to a shared investment by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia under the Communities Component of the Building Canada plan. The $3.1-million investment, which will be shared between the two communities, was made today, March 27, by Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development, on behalf of Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “These investments will help build a strong, healthy and vibrant province at the community level,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with all levels of government to benefit families today and for the years to come.” “Through these investments, the government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to building stronger and more vibrant communities throughout Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Mr. MacKay. “These projects, announced under the Building Canada plan, demonstrate government’s commitment to improving community infrastructure and providing a cleaner environment.” Under the Communities Component of the Building Canada fund, the federal, provincial and municipal governments anticipate investing $111 million in infrastructure projects in smaller communities across Nova Scotia by 2014. The government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and the municipality of Antigonish are each investing $1,435,000 to design and build a new water-treatment facility and expand its wastewater collection system in Havre Boucher. The project will mean about 75 households using aging, malfunctioning on-site sewage systems will have wastewater collected and treated at the new plant. Another 115 households currently connected to the collection system will also have wastewater treated at the new plant. Eligible costs are $4.3 million. The government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and the town of Antigonish are each contributing $153,000 to install 1,100 water meters for customers currently on a flat-rate. The meters will ensure a fair system based on actual water use, as well as provide the town with a true picture of the amount of water treated and distributed. Project costs are $459,000. “It’s great to see both the federal and provincial governments continuing their support and investment in infrastructure at the community level,” said Robert Wrye, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. In November the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia signed a framework agreement under Building Canada, which is the government of Canada’s $33-billion plan to invest in infrastructure that will support a growing economy, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. Through the framework agreement, the government of Canada is committing to a new investment of more than $634 million towards infrastructure needs in the province by 2014.
More Nova Scotians are getting valuable on-the-job experience, helping them get good jobs here at home, through the province’s START program. The province announced today, Aug. 7, plans to expand the program, which encourages businesses to hire and provide work experience to Nova Scotians. Beginning next year, the province will increase funding to support recent graduates to get experience they need to launch careers here. “Nova Scotia has thousands of new graduates ready to start work in their field of study, but for many of them, the first hurdle is gaining some experience and getting a foot in the door,” Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett said at Playschool Day Care in New Waterford. START has connected 557 young people, recent graduates, apprentices and unemployed Nova Scotians with work experience. As of June, 92 per cent of those are expected to become long-term jobs for the new employees. “Through the START program, we are helping more Nova Scotians gain that experience so they can find good jobs and put down roots in their communities,” said Mr. Corbett. “We’re making it easier for families to build the life they want right here at home.” START was introduced as a pilot program in October. “As a result of the START program, I’ve found a great place to gain work experience in my field of choice,” said Alexis White. “The training I’ve received as a cook at Playschool Day Care will no doubt set me up for my future.” Ms. White’s employer also benefits. “The province’s START program has been a huge help for our non-profit day care. It’s a win-win situation providing us with the support to hire staff, while offering excellent job experience to some of our employees,” said Janet Campbell, director of Playschool Day Care in New Waterford. “Through this funding, we were able to hire and train Alexis as a cook. She’s proven to be dependable, competent and is eager to learn.” More than 382 employers have taken part in START, which helps cover costs such as training and wages for new employees. The province is increasing the funding by $500,000 per year for a total of $1.5 million over the next three years. “Participating in the co-op and START programs helped me secure the job I have and love today,” said Katelyn MacDonald, marketing and events co-ordinator for the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce. “With the opportunity to connect with employers here in my community, I was able to find a great job at home.” To find out more, or apply, visit http://careers.novascotia.ca.