More young people and newcomers to Nova Scotia will have the opportunity to connect with business and community leaders in Western Nova Scotia. Government announced $100,000 to expand the Connector Program, which will be delivered by the province’s Western Regional Enterprise Network (REN). Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan and Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill announced the funding today, March 7, at the Western REN’s annual summit in Meteghan, Digby County. “We want to help young and new Nova Scotians grow their professional and community networks, find jobs and stay in communities across the province,” said Ms. Regan. “The Connector Program also gives mentors the opportunity to support youth in their communities and find new, local talent.” The Connector Program is a networking initiative that helps local businesses and organizations connect with new graduates, immigrants, and international students who are interested in starting and growing their career in Nova Scotia. The program pairs individuals with local employers, civil servants and community leaders. “We’re working closely with our municipal counterparts through the Regional Enterprise Networks to help local businesses grow and succeed,” said Mr. Churchill. “I want to thank the Western REN for partnering with us to create local opportunities for our young people and contribute to the economic growth of our region.” Since 2009, the Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program has helped more than 800 people secure full-time jobs in the Halifax area. “We are very excited about the launch of the Connector Program in the Western Region,” said Robyn Webb, director, Labour Market Development, National Connector Program with the Halifax Partnership. “The Connector program is designed to help recent graduates and immigrants build their business networks which increases their chances of finding employment in their field. Through the National Connector Program, we have helped over 20 communities launch Connector Programs in cities and towns across Canada and internationally.” “We see the Connector Program as an extension of our mandate,” said Western Regional Enterprise Network CEO Angélique LeBlanc. “We believe an intentional, regional approach to networking will create openings for youth and newcomers to find a place in the business community.” The ONE Nova Scotia Coalition recommended the expansion to support youth and immigrant retention, economic growth, and rural entrepreneurship. The Transition Task Force also recommended expanding the mentorship network in Nova Scotia. For more information on the Connector Program, go to www.connectorprogram.ca .
TORONTO — CCL Industries Inc. is closing its aerosol container factory in Penetanguishene, Ont., and moving production to Mexico and the United States.The plant employs 170 people.It was unclear how many of the employees might be able to find work elsewhere with the company.The label and packaging company says it will begin winding down operations at the plant in the first part of next year and complete the shutdown no later than mid-2015.The rising Canadian dollar and its distance from key customers hurt the operation about 150 kilometres north of Toronto.CCL says the plant which exports everything it produces to the United States has been unprofitable since 2009.“In addition to appropriate severance and other benefits, we will do our very best to help the 170 employees at the site develop their personal transition plans,” CCL president and CEO Geoffrey Martin said in a release.“Many of them have long tenure with CCL so early notice of the closure gives reasonable time to consider options.”The company said it will offer outplacement assistance and where possible transfers to other parts of its business including its expanding CCL Label and Avery operations in Toronto and Montreal.CCL Industries employs about 9,700 people with 88 production facilities in 25 countries and corporate offices in Toronto and Framingham, Mass. The Canadian Press