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NL Workers Should Have First Dibs on NL Jobs
Newfoundland and Labrador workers should have first dibs on jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release


St. John’s, NL (August 28, 2019) – The PC Opposition says Newfoundland and Labrador workers should have first dibs on jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“A good place to start would have been on the replacement of the Corner Brook and Waterford Hospitals, which will have an apprenticeship training component and assistance to hire tradeswomen, but no guarantee of local labour,” said PC labour critic Paul Dinn.

In the lead-up to Labour Day, the PC Opposition is calling on the Ball government to be more assertive in demanding job opportunities for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on local projects – particularly those that are constructed from public dollars.

Representing more than 18,000 workers, Trades NL believes the provincial government can do more to ensure Newfoundlanders and Labradorians receive first consideration to work on projects in the province and from our resources. LINK:

Dinn said, “Our caucus has been in communication with Trades NL, its leaders and its members, about their NL First campaign because we are fighting for the same thing – jobs for Newfoundland and Labrador residents.”

The 2019 PC Blue Book stated: “To ensure that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians receive the maximum benefit of public funds, when new public facilities are constructed a Crosbie government will require community benefits agreements to be included with the contractors’ bid packages.” This will give consideration to the employment of apprentices, underrepresented groups and a local labour force; ensure the continued development of our world-class skilled trades workforce as well as the use of local supply and service industry and local materials; and ensure that our communities are the true beneficiaries of the economic activity created by public funds.

PC industry critic Lloyd Parrott said, “From public projects like the new prison, health care facilities and schools to resource projects in mining and oil, there should always be specific arrangements to ensure qualified residents of Newfoundland and Labrador have the first call on hiring – but that’s not always the case. Importing temporary labour while local skilled workers sit idle is not just economically unsound, but morally indefensible.”

Dinn said, “We live in a province that has the highest unemployment rate in the country, a declining labour force, aging and declining population, and forecasts of declining employment growth. Job growth is a major driver of any economy and it is time to stand-up for our local expertise and ensure all have the opportunity to live, work and play in our wonderful province.”

“Prioritizing local hiring and developing the workforce through community benefits agreements are strategies being used by most other provinces across the country,” said Dinn. “It is time for the Ball government to take the lead from other provinces and start taking care of Newfoundland and Labrador residents with jobs from our public infrastructure projects.”

Parrott said, “Our province’s unemployment rate is the worst in the country. This can’t go on. Unless the Ball government steps up and does something differently, we will continue to lag the country in opportunities while our Canadian neighbours surge ahead. Local hiring must be a priority.”



Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

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