Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(Agriculture-Vegetable-Growers)

A new three-year economic immigration pilot is working to attract and retain experienced, non-seasonal workers by giving them an opportunity to become permanent residents.

The pilot, which was initially announced on July 12th, will test a new approach to help address labour needs in the agri-food sector, particularly in meat processing, mushroom production and greenhouse crop production.

Federal officials say the industries have had ongoing difficulties finding and keeping new employees for year-round positions.

They say up to two-thousand-seven-hundred and fifty temporary foreign workers will be able to apply for the program each year for three years, starting in early 2020. (The Canadian Press)

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(Mba-Churchill-Grain)

A freight train loaded with Saskatchewan wheat arrived in the Port of Churchill on the weekend -- the first grain shipment to reach the northern Manitoba town since 2015.

The port laid off workers in early 2016 and the rail line completely washed out due to flooding in 2017.

A consortium called Arctic Gateway Group purchased the Hudson Bay Railway and port after signing a deal with Omnitrax last September.

Officials say multiple ships are expected to load grain in Churchill this year, with the volume dependent on availability from the Prairies. (CBC)

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(Sask-Rural-Internet)

The federal government is contributing 11.2 million-dollars to improve internet connectivity in rural Saskatchewan.

FlexNetworks, a Toronto-based telecommunications service provider, is also contributing 3.7 million-dollars, bringing the total investment in the project to almost $15 million.

Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale says choosing communities will be based on a technical assessment, and whether they have any access to internet like the rest of the country.

The project is to be complete by March 2022, but FlexNetworks has said their goal is to have it done three months earlier. …

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