The BC government has committed nearly a quarter million dollars to the ongoing restoration of a National Historic Site on the North Coast.
The $233,986 contribution to the Port Edward Historical Society’s North Pacific Cannery project is part of a Job Creation Project which will see improved access to historical buildings, including a working dock that dates back to the late 19th century.
The Cannery restoration work will be done by up to 16 Employment Insurance-eligible workers living in the Port Edward/Prince Rupert area.
The project will provide up to 38 weeks of work experience and skills training in carpentry, marine construction , and heavy construction.
The cannery’s conservation manager Steve Milum says it’s very rewarding to see the crew building skills, experience, and self-confidence through the restoration and preservation activities.
BC Job Creation Partnerships with the North Pacific Cannery have received over $335,000 in funding over the last three year and have seen 48 people gain similar work experience.