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[SYDNEY, NS] — In what is billed on its website as an "open letter to Cape Breton," the minister responsible for Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. says that the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will take repsonsibility for the direct delivery of economic development programs, services and advocacy in Cape Breton.
A press release from the Cape Breton Partnership states:
The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced in Sydney that legislation will be introduced in the current session of Parliament to decommission the Crown corporation known as Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC).
Minister Moore said that ECBC’s status as a Crown corporation restricted some economic development efforts in Cape Breton. He added that he believes the transfer of ECBC’s responsibilities for economic development in Cape Breton will lead to more accountability.
Minister Moore confirmed that all ECBC staff will be transferred to ACOA as unionized members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
ECBC’s responsibility for many properties, including remediated mine sites, will now be assumed by Public Works and Government Services Canada.
In addition, Minister Moore confirmed ACOA’s intention to re-open an office in Port Hawkesbury.
“No project will be left dangling,” said Minister Moore. “Our intention is to provide businesses with services as usual.”