"Helping People Help Themselves"
The Atlantic Grounfish Strategy Labour Adjustment Component
WHAT IS TAGS
Groundfish Strategy (TAGS), announced on April 19, 1994,
is a five-year, $1.9 billion initiative, providing income support and labour
programs to fishers, plant workers and trawlerpersons affected by the East
groundfish crisis. The labour adjustment component of TAGS stresses
involvement in skills development and training programs to prepare individuals
employment opportunities in a diversified and changing labour markets.
- The labour adjustment component of TAGS provides income support
eligible fishers, trawlerpersons and plant workers who participate actively
the labour market adjustment programs offered under TAGS.
- Measures to assist individuals in labour adjustment include career planning
and counselling, mobility assistance and support for re-employment;
to prepare individuals for work such as literacy and basic skills training;
measures to enhance employment opportunities such as support for
entrepreneurship, restoration of the environment and other community
TAGS is guided
by a number of principles designed to help people
- Emphasis on individual career planning.
- Provision of assistance linked to active adjustment.
- Access and duration of assistance based on individual historical groundfish
- An integrated approach stressing individual and community involvement.
- Emphasis on sustainable economic development and the long-term economic
future of Atlantic Canada.
CAREER PLANNING/EMPLOYMENT COUNSELLING
- Career planning and employment counselling are provided to assess
employment possibilities, set goals and develop individual action plans.
- The objective is to improve an individual's chances of finding a job.
- A wide range of programs and services are available to assist people
a transition to other employment.
- Financial compensation is available for training activities
such as: literacy
training, community-based adult basic education, university study programs,
leadership training, orientation/career gudiance training and
- This initiative responds to the stated needs of individuals
who want the skills
and job experience to enable them to seize opportunities in the new
while ensuring responsible management of the regions' environment.
- Participants will be assigned to projects contributing to the preservation
enhancement of the environment, as part of a 52-week work and learn
- An employment bonus is available if one finds and accepts work
traditional fishery that pays less than their weekly income support,
lower than the minimum provincial wage.
- A wage subsidy is available to employers outside the traditional
as an incentive to hire participants in permanent full-time employment
provide on-the-job training. Assistance is also available to help market
individuals to potential employers.
- Eligible participants interested in establishing a business
traditional fishery have up to 52 weeks financial assistance available
their own businesses, along with entrepreneurship training and technical
Community Opportunities Pool
- The objective is to encourage people to remain active members
of society by
sharing their expertise and skills as community workers through activities
aimed at enhancing the well-being of their community.
- One can become a member of a community-based group (Community
Opportunities Pool) and participate in the development of an inventory
projects and voluntary activities to be performed by members of the
Project proposals and voluntary activities may come from the Pool itself
from any other sponsor in the community: individuals, non-profit
organizations, municipalities, governements, and the private sector.
- Participation requires ones committment of normally four-to-six months
year in an assortment of projects and activities of benefit to the
Training may also be provided.
- If one wishes to relocate on a permanent basis to areas where
they can find
work, one may be provided with financial assistance. The cost of seeking
work, house-hunting and permanent relocation for them and their dependents
will be partially or fully offset.
- One remains eligible for support under the Employment Bonus or Portable
Wage Subsidy components.
- If one is under 25 years of age, he/she can be helped to prepare
opportunities through literacy training, work experience, skills training
mobility. Every attempt will be made to create a partnership model
delivery between client, community-based agencies and government
(municipal, provincial and federal).
Fishery Older Worker Adjustment Program
- If one is a fish plant worker or a trawlerperson eligible to
TAGS and are
between 55-64 years of age or between 50-54 years of age and reach 55
eligible under TAGS and wish to retire from the fishery, he/she may
from this retirement program. Eligible older workers may receive income
supplement payments to a maximum of $1000/month until they reach 65
years of age.