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July 22, 2016 - 12:41 PM

BARRIERE - Up to eight job seekers in the Barriere and Clearwater area, including members of the Simpc'w First Nation, will gain trail clearing, milling and carpentry skills, thanks to a new Job Creation Partnership project.

Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society has been provided $243,590 in funding to support the project through the Community and Employer Partnerships program.

The North Thompson Valley, with its alpine forests, mountain landscapes and backcountry terrain, is an increasingly popular eco-tourism destination for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. This Jobs Creation Partnership project will expand recreation and tourism opportunities and stimulate economic growth in the region, in addition to providing valuable work experience for the participants.

The project's first intake of participants will complete trail clearing and restoration work this spring and summer in Little Fort, 31 kilometres north of Barriere. Participants will help clear the 3 Mile Falls, 3 Mile Creek and Baldy Mountain Fire Lookout access trails. The historic Hudson's Bay Company Brigade Trail will also be expanded through this project when participants complete trail clearing and signage installation from Lynn Lake to Eakin Creek.

Starting in October 2016, a second intake of participants will gain skills and experience in milling and carpentry as they build picnic tables, benches and shelters for recreation sites in Barriere.

Job Creation Partnerships are part of the Employment Program of BC's Community and Employer Partnerships, which fund projects that increase employability and share labour market information.

The Community and Employer Partnerships program is featured in B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and provides the supports people need to gain a foothold in the job market. Projects build strong partnerships between industry and labour to connect British Columbians with classroom and on-the-job training, while making it easier for employers to hire the skilled workers they need - when and where they need them.

To date, more than 1,000 job seekers have benefited from work experience and 200 projects have been funded throughout the province.


Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation -

"There are so many benefits to this project, from gaining work experience that will help participants access future job opportunities, to stimulating economic growth and tourism opportunities in the region. The community will also benefit from new recreation opportunities, thanks to the expansion of trails and new infrastructure."

Terry Lake, Minister of Health, and MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson -

"The tourism potential for this area continues to grow as more and more people discover the North Thompson's spectacular natural environment through its trails and recreation sites. This is a great opportunity for the region and for the Jobs Creation Partnerships participants. They're helping to build a vital industry, while they gain the skills and experience needed to succeed in the job market."

Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson -

"This partnership between government and the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society will provide participants with valuable skills and they can take pride in the fact that their work will provide a boost to the local economy and create new recreation opportunities for visitors and locals alike."

Mike Francis, manager, Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society -

"Shared objectives for local employment and skills development have made Job Creation Partnerships an excellent fit for our organization. This year's project will benefit the communities of the Lower North Thompson through trail development, as well as new milling and carpentry phase of the project. We are fortunate to have highly skilled supervisors and excellent local candidates who are eager to learn and develop their skills."

Amy Tulak, participant -

"This is a great program. I'm getting lots of good advice on running and maintaining power saws. I really enjoy working outdoors and the work experience I'm gaining gives me confidence in my job search."

Quick Facts:

* This is the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society's seventh Jobs Creation Partnership project. Participants from previous projects have developed and maintained a significant trail network, campsites, and a geocache program for the Lower North Thompson. They have also conducted silviculture work (tree planting and manual brushing), and range-management work, including invasive plant control and fenceline repairs and maintenance.

* The Hudson's Bay Company Brigade Trail is a heritage trail that runs through the Cascade Mountains. It is part of a network of trails in the Fraser River corridor that were used by Aboriginal people, fur traders and gold-seekers.

* In 2016-17, the ministry has committed to investing $331 million in employment and labour market programs under the Employment Program of BC.

* The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Province of British Columbia, as well as the Government of Canada, through the Labour Market Development Agreement.

* There are four funding streams under Community and Employer Partnerships:

  • Job Creation Partnerships
  • Labour Market Partnerships
  • Project-Based Labour Market Training
  • Research and Innovation

* Local WorkBC Employment Services Centres play a lead role in connecting eligible job seekers to Job Creation Partnership and Project-Based Labour Market Training opportunities in their community. Once the right match of client to project has been found, the effort of the WorkBC centre continues by providing financial supports and services to ensure success.

Who is eligible for Community Employment Partnership funding?

  • Businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Crown corporations
  • Municipalities, agencies or territorial governments
  • Bands/tribal councils
  • Public health and educational institutions


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