Former Ocean Choice Workers Find Jobs

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SOURIS, P.E.I. — After a tough couple of weeks for former employees at the recently closed Souris, P.E.I.-based Ocean Choice plant, a silver lining has emerged.

According to Innovation Minister Allan Campbell, provincial reps have met with 180 of the 300 laid-off workers, and the P.E.I. Journal Pioneer reports more than 200 attended job sessions in the city.

“To date we have about 80 of the displaced employees who have found employment, mainly in the seafood processing sector at some of the other processing operations in Kings County, Seafood 2000 in Georgetown, Mariner Seafoods in Montague and Beach Point Processing,” said Campbell yesterday, May 4, as reported by CBC News. “We’sre having a session again tomorrow for the workers who have yet to find employment.”

While the minister hopes employees continue to find work in related fields in other provinces, news has emerged that Maritime-based Advantage Communications is expanding its Souris call centre and hiring 30 people. Meanwhile, Campbell told the Journal Pioneer more than a dozen local companies have come forward with job opportunities.

 

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