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Concern expressed over Prince Rupert ESL course cancellation

Concern expressed over Prince Rupert ESL course cancellation

The City of Prince Rupert plans to fire off a letter to Northwest Community College and the province after news that English as a Second Language (ESL) training will cease at NWCC.

Council took action after word of the course cancellation came in a letter from the North Coast Immigration and Multicultural Services Society.

Councillor Barry Cunningham said Monday that the change will hurt new immigrants and the city.

But NWCC says it’s not a college issue; rather a federal service contract which expired June, 2017.

Communications manager Sarah Zimmerman says NWCC received an extension to continue the service until the end of March.

Zimmerman says the terms of the contract “do not align with NWCC collective agreements and limits the
ability of the College to execute the contract in the best interests of the students”.

NWCC says the federal government expects other community organizations to bid on the contract.

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