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MLA Babchuk says new manufacturing jobs coming to Campbell River and Port McNeill

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk. (Supplied photo)

New support for manufacturing businesses in Campbell River and Port McNeill will create jobs, promote the development of made-in-B.C. products and strengthen local communities and their economies, says North Island MLA Michele Babchuk.

“By supporting our local manufacturing businesses, we can ensure that our communities have diverse and sustainable economies that will help us thrive for years to come, “ added Babchuk. “These projects are great examples of what incredible businesses and ideas our small towns have to offer.”

According to a news release from the provincial government, through the BC Manufacturing Jobs Fund, the NDP is contributing up to $100,000 toward two projects in the North Island region that will see local businesses grow and create new jobs, including:

Port McNeill – Atli Chip LP processes wood chips and hog fuel for the pulp and paper industry. It will receive as much as $50,000 to complete a technical assessment to help determine costs and requirements for replacing aging onsite infrastructure and ensuring ongoing viability.

Campbell River – Tiičma Management Services Limited Partnership is the economic development arm of Kyuquot and Checleseht First Nation. Tiičma is receiving up to $50,000 for operational and technical assessments required for a potential capital project that will construct an electric boat manufacturing facility.

“The BC New Democrat government is taking action through the StrongerBC Economic Plan to build a strong and sustainable economy through clean and inclusive growth,” states the release. “Supporting local manufacturing sectors helps build a more innovative economy for people, businesses and communities throughout B.C.”