The Government of New Brunswick is in the process of creating a partnership that it believes will maximize employment and economic development opportunities resulting from the modernization of Port Saint John.
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labor Minister Trevor Holder said the ongoing modernization is expected to “dramatically increase” the demand for workers at the port.
The partnership will be led by a committee made up of employers, union leaders, Envision Saint John and the Saint John Learning Exchange.
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Holder told stakeholders at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal that governments too often wait for a jobs crisis before organizing a response through committee work and investment.
But he said the new partnership is a more proactive approach to identifying and closing looming employment gaps.
“We have to understand how big this opportunity is so that we are chasing real numbers, so that we know exactly how many jobs could be created,” Holder said.
“We need to know what training programs we need in place, what training budget we need to put in place, what equipment do we need to put in place. “
The government has allocated up to $ 450,000 through Work NB for the creation and operation of the partnership.
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The committee will be chaired by former Saint John Port Authority board chair Allen Bodechon, who is also a former Saint John Police Chief.
“The Canadian Pacific Railway is thrilled to be back in Atlantic Canada with an exceptional growth opportunity that will help create jobs in New Brunswick,” said John Brooks, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of The Way Canadian Pacific Railway, in a press release.
“The Workforce Development Committee will play a critical role in matching people with opportunities as Port Saint John continues to grow.
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“Local 273 of the International Longshoreman’s Association looks forward to the role it will play in the workforce partnership to meet future labor demands in the stevedoring industry due to of the modernization project attracting new businesses, ”said Terry Wilson, local president of the International Longshoremen Association.
Holder said it will be up to the committee to decide how long that will be needed.
Port Saint John’s $ 205 million west side modernization project, launched in 2020, is expected to double the port’s sea container capacity with potential for further expansion.
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