The provincial government is offering money to help the taxi industry with the recruitment and retention of drivers, and in developing a strategy to address the public image of taxis.
In a news release Wednesday, it highlighted $52,000 to be provided to the St. John’s Taxi Alliance, through the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, under the labour market partnerships program. The funding comes through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.
In the statement, Service NL Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh said taxi drivers provide a valuable service and the industry is an important part of the local economy.
“We, as a taxi industry, look forward to working with government to help improve the industry and lower our operating costs,” said Doug McCarthy, a representative for the alliance.