Voisey’s Bay mine expansion creates hundreds of new job opportunities
Newfoundland and Labrador is teaming up with the federal government on a new $23.6 million-program designed to get more Indigenous people working at the Vale mine in Voisey’s Bay.
On Tuesday, officials from the Nunatsiavut government, Innu Nation, NunatuKavut, Vale, and the federal and provincial governments came together with the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in Happy Valley-Goose Bay to announce the project.
It’s being led by the Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership (LATP), and will help train workers for the mine, by giving them hands-on training experiences and skills development.
The province pledged $3 million over four years for the program, while the federal government’s skills and partnership fund provided $9.6 million. “We cannot sustain operations bringing people from outside. We have to have locals here working with us, building careers for the long run,” said Joao Zanon, Vale’s project director for the Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project
“Our history shows that we did that in the past and worked well. You go today to the sites, you see that over 50 per cent of the workforce is Aboriginal and we know this is the key to the future.”