CHURCHILL – A group of provincial politicians and business leaders paid a visit to Churchill today as the community continues to struggle.
Mass layoffs at the Omnitrax-owned Port of Churchill left the area reeling earlier this summer.
The province has said it won’t be offering any sort of bail out.
But they are expanding a tourism grant program – offering support to groups who come up with ideas to boost tourism in the area.
Trade Minister Cliff Cullen says that boost could help the community’s sagging economy.
“The season is getting longer, they’re getting more and more people coming, we’re looking at other options to try and augment tourism,” Cullen explains. “Whether it be the education component, research component, or getting back what they used to do years ago, which was service northern Canada.”
Cullen says the province has been trying to work out some kind of solution for the Port of Churchill mess, but admits it hasn’t been easy.
“We’ve been out talking to the communities and business community, to try and come up with some sort of a positive business plan that would make money and be sustainable for the long term. And that, quite frankly, has been a big challenge.”
The rough times in northern Manitoba is not limited to Churchill; more than 300 workers in The Pas also found out they’re out of a job once the Tolko Industries kraft paper mill shuts down in December.