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Application Process Underway for Community Enhancement Employment Program

Application Process Underway for Community Enhancement Employment Program

The Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs, today announced the Provincial Government is accepting applications from organizations interested in sponsoring projects funded under the Community Enhancement Employment Program (CEEP).

“The goal of the Community Enhancement Employment Program is to provide meaningful work to individuals in rural areas and to help them qualify for employment insurance benefits, while at the same time providing enhancements to their communities,” said Minister O’Brien. “For example, last year 2,250 individuals participated in the program which funded 303 projects and included improvements to walking trails, municipal parks, heritage structures and tourism facilities, as well as properties owned and operated by municipal governments and voluntary organizations.”

The CEEP provides funding to community-based organizations which sponsor and manage projects. Eligible sponsors include towns, Inuit community governments, regional municipalities, local service districts, community and economic development organizations and other not-for-profit organizations. Individuals can be employed for up to 420 hours in order to become eligible for employment insurance benefits.

“I encourage community-minded organizations that have a project they wish to complete through the Community Enhancement Employment Program to contact the Department of Municipal Affairs and learn more about this year’s program,” said Minister O’Brien.

Further information and applications for the 2011 Community Enhancement Employment Program can be found at or may be obtained by calling the Department of Municipal Affairs at 1-866-508-5500. The deadline for applications is July 29, 2011.

Budget 2011 Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador included $4.5 million for the Community Enhancement Employment Program.


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Media contact:

Ken Morrissey
Director of Communications
Department of Municipal Affairs
709-729-1983, 685-6612

2011 06 21                                                                        12:25 p.m.

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