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NWCC to offer training to mature unemployed cannery workers

Northwest Community College is delivering government-funded training for mature workers affected by the Canfisco cannery closure in Prince Rupert.

The BC and Federal governments are providing over $238,000 through the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) program.

The initiative provides skills training and employment support to jobless workers ages 55 to 64 so that they can pursue longer-term jobs or more education or career training.

A total of 24 workers in Prince Rupert will take part in the training which will be delivered in two intakes, one of which is already underway.

The Canadian Fishing Company announced the closure of its Oceanside cannery last year, leaving hundreds without work.

The United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union recently released a video critical of what it says is a corporate monopoly of the fishing industry.

The UFAW wants the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to re-examine its BC fisheries policy.

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