CHARLOTTTETOWN, PEI, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - A working group made up of
the City of Charlottetown, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the
Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the
Government of Prince Edward Island has released a report they
commissioned into the scope and impact of potential federal job cuts on
Prince Edward Island.
The study, completed by McInnes Cooper, and was launched in February
2012, at a time of widespread speculation about the volume of federal
cuts. The key findings of the report are as follows:
There are 35 federal government units (departments, agencies, crown
corporation etc.) on PEI which amount to 3827 permanent federal
It is estimated that over the next 3 years 379 to 458 positions (between
10-12% of the federal workforce on PEI) will be eliminated.
This will generate additional non-government job losses of between 247
and 298 for a total job loss projection ranging from 626-756 positions
This represents a PEI GDP decline of between $50.46 and $61.02 million
or about 1.01 to 1.22% of provincial GDP.
"From the perspective of the City of Charlottetown, these study findings
are a cause of significant concern. Charlottetown is home to Veterans
Affairs and many federal offices and an economic hit like this is
worrisome," said Mayor Clifford Lee.
"As a union representing these workers, we know first hand what these
cuts mean. But I think Islanders will be surprised to learn just how
much the services they come to rely on from the federal government will
be impacted," said Gary Corbett of the Professional Institute of the
"Through these cuts, the federal government is putting our economic
recovery and the viability of small communities at risk," said Chris
Aylward, National Executive Vice-President, of the Public Service
Alliance of Canada.
"This study shows that the large number of federal jobs cuts on Prince
Edward Island is out of proportion with cuts in other areas. We want
the Federal Government to re-think its approach," said Innovation and
Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach.
The report was released at a press conference held at the Legion in
Charlottetown. In attendance were a number of stakeholder groups
concerned about the loss of jobs and the service reductions that
islanders will experience as a result.
The working group will be sitting down with stakeholders to develop a
plan for further activities aimed protecting federal jobs on the
For further information:
- Lesley Thompson, Public Service Alliance of Canada, (902) 471-6201, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ron Ryder, Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning, (902)620-3774, email@example.com
- Roy Main, City of Charlottetown, (902) 566-5548, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peter Bleyer, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, (613) 292-6929, email@example.com