Partnerships help bring new business, jobs to Yarmouth

From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

January 18, 2021 · Yarmouth, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Strong communities are the backbone of Canada’s economy. That is why federal, provincial and municipal governments, together with regional stakeholders, are working together to protect jobs and keep skilled workers in the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth.

Co-ordinated support brings high-value jobs to rural community

Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced a non-repayable contribution of $1 million to the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth for significant upgrades to the 62 Rcom Drive in the Hebron Business Park. The Municipality is also contributing $1 million towards the project.

The infrastructure upgrades are the result of co-ordinated support from all levels of government, along with regional partners. They also collaborated to entice Millennium1 Solutions to establish operations in the facility, where renovations are being completed. The move resulted in 100 new jobs for people in the surrounding rural community, with the potential to add another 200 jobs in the future.

The Government of Canada is committed to helping Atlantic Canadian communities strengthen their infrastructure, ensuring they have the resources they need to persevere, grow and thrive through these difficult times, and long after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

Quotes

“We thank and commend the many partners, businesses and organizations that are taking collaborative action to help protect, create, and recover jobs across Canada. Today’s announcement signals a long-term solution that will put people back to work in Yarmouth and help this rural Atlantic Canadian community come back stronger than ever.”

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Our government is investing in coastal, rural communities now so they can build back better after the pandemic. I’m thrilled that this coordinated action will create good, meaningful jobs for the hardworking people of Yarmouth. I look forward to seeing the finished centre and seeing our communities across Nova Scotia emerge even stronger in our post-pandemic future.”

– The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets

“We want to thank our partners at all levels of government, as well as community stakeholders, for offering support on such a vital economic driver for the region. Above and beyond the increase in employment in our community, this announcement offers community members hope that better things are to come. We are excited to welcome Millennium 1 Solutions into our community and look forward to the local prosperity this will create.”

– Warden John Cunningham, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth

Quick facts

  • Federal, provincial and municipal partners collaborated with local stakeholders, including the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), Ignite Atlantic, Université Sainte-Anne and the Western Regional Enterprise Network, to help Millennium1 become Yarmouth area’s newest business in Hebron Business Park.

  • Millennium 1 Solutions is a Canadian digital contact solutions firm with 40 years of experience providing customer support and services to the financial, loyalty, insurance, government, retail and health sciences sectors.

  • Web.com, the facility’s previous tenant, closed its Yarmouth operations in 2020, resulting in the loss of 200 local jobs.

  • Federal funding for this project is through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency‘s (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund (ICF).

  • Support for Millennium1 was previously announced by the Province of Nova Scotia on June 11, 2020 and July 28, 2020.

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