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The premiers of Canada’s Atlantic provinces are focusing on developing the region’s natural and human resources and enhancing international trade efforts in order to strengthen the economy and create new opportunities for Atlantic Canadians, announced the Council of Atlantic Premiers following a recent meeting.

SAINT JOHN, N.B.

The premiers of Canada’s Atlantic provinces are focusing on developing the region’s natural and human resources and enhancing international trade efforts in order to strengthen the economy and create new opportunities for Atlantic Canadians, announced the Council of Atlantic Premiers following a recent meeting.

The premiers see the energy sector as a key driver for jobs and economic development. Atlantic Canada has abundant energy resources, including oil and natural gas, hydro, and wind. They believe that responsible development of these resources and actions to improve interconnections and remove impediments to energy transmission and transportation will help create secure and stable energy supplies, improve market access and sustain economic growth and job creation.

Realizing the potential of the region’s economy also requires skilled workers. The premiers are working together to build the workforce required for economic growth. At the meeting they signed a Memorandum of Understanding on apprenticeship harmonization that will help retain skilled workers for current and future development.

Through the Atlantic Workforce Partnership, the Atlantic provinces are leading the country in aligning their apprenticeship programs and are accelerating their efforts.

The premiers want to work with the federal government to ensure that Atlantic Canada has a trained and skilled workforce that is able to meet new economic opportunities.

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by Dcn News Services

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