The Atlantic Growth Strategy

Transcript: The Atlantic Growth Strategy

(A graphic on the screen shows the logos of the four Atlantic provinces and the Canada wordmark, along with the text: Atlantic Growth Strategy, Stratégie de croissance pour l'Atlantique.)

(Several federal ministers and the four Atlantic premiers are standing outside having their picture taken at a news conference. The text on the screen reads: On July 4, 2016, Federal Ministers and Atlantic Premiers met in St. Peter's Bay, PEI, to launch a home-grown strategy to drive economic growth in the region.)

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development:

Through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, the Government of Canada stands ready to work in a new spirit of cooperation with Atlantic Canadians.

(Text: What is the Atlantic Growth Strategy?)

(A wide shot of the news conference from the audience's perspective is shown)

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development:

Our goal, our fundamental goal is to increase the number of good-paying jobs and opportunities here in Atlantic Canada. Our goal is also to tackle longstanding and emerging regional challenges. Additionally, we want to address the region's labour market needs by attracting and retaining more newcomers to the region. So as you can see, this is a key theme.

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food:

The Atlantic Strategy is a broad-based, action-orientated undertaking that will not only strengthen and spur value-added opportunities for the region's established industries such as fisheries, agriculture and forestry, but also support innovation and the emerging sectors and will help to expand and diversify our economy.

(Photos of: two shipping boats and a crane in an Atlantic port; fishing boats; a lobster in a trap; potatoes being sorted on a conveyor belt; a logging operation; a man works on an electric circuit board; two workers on a factory floor look at a computer monitor; two workers examine a bundle of wires.)

The Honourable Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island:

We are acting on initiatives and in priority areas that are also priority areas for Canada, and we look forward to our region through this partnership and through this leadership group helping to demonstrate to Canada and the world what success looks like.

Text appears on screen. In point form, it reads:

Priorities of the Atlantic Growth Strategy

  • skilled workforce/immigration
  • innovation
  • clean growth and climate change
  • trade and investment
  • infrastructure

(Wide shot of several federal ministers and the four Atlantic premiers sitting at a table during a news conference.)

(Text: What is the first step for the Atlantic Growth Strategy? A three-year Atlantic Immigration Pilot in 2017 to welcome up to 2,000 immigrants in the first year alone.)

The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship:

We have a lot of industries experiencing a work shortage and if we fail to attract newcomers these businesses will not survive. So in order to keep existing Canadian jobs, a certain number of immigrants must be added to ensure economic health.

(Photos: a welder welding a pipe; a worker examining plants in a greenhouse; a worker examining a circuit board; a worker operating a packaging machine.)

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador:

It's important for us as we develop our markets to make sure that we have the matching skill sets available to us. And in some cases, that can be done and will be done by immigrants.

The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia:

People are coming into Atlantic Canada and taking jobs that are not being filled, or quite frankly, coming in and creating jobs that are hiring our sons and daughters.

(Text: What are the next steps?)

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development:

Our focus will be on identifying shared economic priorities. We will then collaborate on the identification, design and implementation of actions. And we will engage the region's stakeholders and seek their input. Again, we want to have an inclusive process because we want an inclusive outcome. And as we implement these actions, we will monitor progress and report publicly on the results.

The Honourable Brian Gallant:

I think it's clear that every single one of our provinces is focussed on growth and is focused on giving our businesses and industry the strongest workforce possible.

(Photos: a lab technician works with test tubes in a lab; two workers examine a core sample; a woodworker packages spindles in a workshop.)

(Text: How will you know if the Atlantic Growth Strategy is working?)

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard:

This is an ongoing commitment. We aren't just holding a meeting and then moving on. We have given ourselves a mandate to continue this work and I'm convinced that we will have a significant impact in our region.

(Text: Be part of the discussion #AtlanticGrowth.)

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