The Coast Guard ship Leonard J. Cowley. — Submitted photo
Federal Fisheries and Oceans employees and the Canadian Coast Guard have been hit with its second round of cuts in six months.
The department confirmed today that it will cut 400 positions across the country, part of a plan to save $79.3 million from the department and the Coast Guard.
Department spokeswoman Erin Filliter, from federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield’s office, told The Telegram this afternoon employees were informed today that their positions may be affected.
“The department informed employees across the country today about some changes that are happening in the department to save Canadians $79.3 million, and as a result there are changes to the structure and organization of the department across the country,” she said.
Filliter said she couldn’t provide a regional breakdown of where positions are being cut, but said they are “proportional across the country,” adding that a worker receiving a notice that his or her job is affected may not necessarily be out of work but could be moved to another position within the department.
The latest round of cuts follows a similar amount announced in December.
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