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Atlantic Premiers Meet With Focus On Economy, EI Changes

01/19/2015 08:40 EST | Updated 03/21/2015 05:59 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Atlantic premiers concluded a meeting Monday saying they're working to improve the region's competitiveness by strengthening local work forces, streamlining regulations and ensuring open energy transmission.

Premier Paul Davis of Newfoundland and Labrador hosted his counterparts from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. for the meeting in St. John's, where they announced a red tape reduction plan meant to streamline business regulations across the region.

They will also extend the Atlantic Workforce Partnership for three years to harmonize apprentice certification across 10 trades.

The Atlantic premiers also agreed to improve efforts to recruit and retain immigrants, adding that the federal government can support them by increasing immigrant allocation levels in the region.

On energy, they said they continue to support projects such as the proposed Energy East Pipeline, the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador and the Northumberland Strait Cable transmission development.

An agreement was also signed on the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown to secure its operation for the next decade. It is the only veterinary school in Atlantic Canada.

The premiers will meet again with their counterparts from across the country on Jan. 30 in Ottawa.

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