Program connects Islanders with jobs in seafood industry
Islanders looking for a job can now more easily find work in the seafood industry through a labour program restructured by the Province in partnership with the PEI Seafood Processors Association.
Islanders and students who are interested in working in a seafood processing plant can register with WorkPEI and be connected to with seafood processing businesses that have job openings, through the Opportunities in PEI Seafood Initiative.
“These are difficult times for all of us and we are looking at every way we can to support industries as well as Islanders experiencing lay-offs, as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Islanders want to work to support themselves and their families and lobster processing plants across PEI are experiencing unprecedented labour shortages. Hopefully Islanders and students can fill these jobs so processors can continue to supply customers with PEI’s quality lobster products.”
- Fisheries and Communities Minister Jamie Fox.
“Every plant is short of workers and without an adequate workforce we can’t process all the lobsters being caught in PEI waters,” said executive director of the PEI Seafood Processors Association, Jerry Gavin. “Processors are concerned that they will not be able to process enough lobsters to meet market demands as the world starts to recover from Covid-19 and re-open the economy.”
Through the Team Seafood Program, students returning to post-secondary studies in the fall of 2020 will receive a $2,000 bursary and students returning to high school will receive a $1,000 bursary. The bursary amounts were doubled over last year to encourage more students work in the seafood sector.
Minister Fox also recognized the leadership and efforts of fishers, processors and buyers who worked hard to address the many issues facing the seafood sector because of the Covid-19 crises. They are doing their part to protect the health and well-being of Islanders by working with the Chief Public Health Office to put guidelines and measures in place, including personal protective equipment, to protect workers and their communities from COVID-19.
“People working in seafood industries are supporting the food system and PEI’s economy; seafood harvesting and processing are essential services that are vital to the well-being of Islanders and our province,” said Minister Fox. “Our seafood community continues to be resilient in the face of a challenging situation. We will do what we can to support them.”
Department of Fisheries and Communities
Senior Communications Officer
PEI Seafood Processors Association