FREDERICTON, April 3, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada's National
Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) represents a historic
opportunity for job creation and economic growth across the country.
The NSPS is expected to create thousands of high-value jobs across
Canada and will have significant economic benefits in shipbuilding and
The funding was announced at the Joint Economic Development Initiative
(JEDI) plenary session in Fredericton, New Brunswick where the theme
focused on how Aboriginal Entrepreneurs can seize opportunities. JEDI
will review the business and employment opportunities associated with
the NSPS in order to help develop a New Brunswick Aboriginal
Shipbuilding Strategy and work plan that will ensure Aboriginal
communities in the province understand the opportunities available to
them. This project is a crucial step towards creating a framework for
the successful pursuit of economic opportunities for First Nation
communities in New Brunswick.
This investment of over $200,000 through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative will fund a strategy and work plan to be developed by First Nation
communities that focuses on increasing capacity and readiness to ensure
that these communities can benefit from procurement and employment
opportunities associated with the NSPS.
A final report on the Strategy is expected in the fall of 2014.
More than a dozen federal departments and agencies partner on the SPI.
SPI fosters a whole-of-government approach to Aboriginal economic
development by enabling federal partners to align investments and
resources around shared objectives. The program helps eliminate funding
gaps in existing federal programming that could otherwise limit or
exclude Aboriginal involvement in emerging economic development
"Our Government continues to take steps to encourage job creation and
economic growth for all Canadians. This investment in a New Brunswick
Aboriginal shipbuilding strategy creates the conditions for more
prosperous, self-sufficient First Nation communities, and will lead to
greater First Nation participation in the National Shipbuilding
Procurement Strategy which encourages healthier First Nation
communities and a stronger Canada."
Minister Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"The New Brunswick Aboriginal Shipbuilding Engagement Strategy
Consultation Project is an important undertaking. Through this process,
Aboriginal people across New Brunswick will have their say on how they
would like to pursue the economic opportunities from the National
Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) contract with Irving
Shipbuilding Inc. in Halifax. This feedback will help us create a
blueprint for moving forward."
President of the Joint Economic Development Initiative
National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy
Backgrounder - Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan
Strategic Partnerships Initiative - Overview
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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