Budget 2013 - incentive raised for resettlement

Brodie Thomas
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The provincial government’s budget has at least two items that could affect residents on the south coast’s isolated communities.

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The provincial government’s budget has at least two items that could affect residents on the south coast’s isolated communities.

Ferry rates are going up 10 per cent across the board.

Looking to the longer term, the province is tripling assistance to residents who choose to move out of isolated communities.

Previously, residents in outports got $80,000 for a household, Plus a set amount for each family member up to a limit of $100,000

The new maximum a household could receive is $270,000.

Previously, to benefit from relocation assistance, everyone in an isolated community had to unanimously agree to shut down the community. According to the budget speech, the province would offer these benefits to communities where 90 per cent of residents vote to relocate.

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