A wide range of initiatives in Labrador received funding in today’s provincial budget.
The region received new cash for mental health and addictions counsellors, a caribou management initiative, remediation of a former military site, public housing units and new weigh scales near Wabush.
Money was also allocated to continue infastructure projects such as the Trans-Labrador Highway, the new hospital and College of the North Atlantic Campus in Labrador West, and all-grade schools in southern Labrador.
Social programs — like air foodlift, heating, medical transportation subsidies — were maintained and enhanced as well.
The money falls under the Northern Strategic Plan, which aims to improve the well-being of Labradorians.
The province says it has spent more than $3 billion in the region since 2004.
“The continued social economic and cultural development of Labrador is vital to administration, a commitment reflected in our investments,” said John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs, in a release.
Labrador spending highlights include:
• $68.2 million for widening and surfacing Phase I of TLH
• $2.2 million…