09/06/2012 04:21 EDT | Updated 11/06/2012 05:12 EST

Tourism relocates jobs outside Halifax as part of decentralization plan

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is relocating dozens of Tourism jobs outside Halifax as part of its ongoing attempt to boost employment in rural areas.

It says 34 positions are being moved to Windsor to start up the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency.

Percy Paris, minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, announced the new agency today, saying the jobs will be moved to the area by the end of next September.

It wasn't clear when employees would have to decide whether they would relocate.

The government announced in the spring that it would move 25 workers with Justice to New Waterford, while another 68 jobs with the Fisheries and Agriculture Departments were slated to be moved to Digby, Shelburne County and Truro.

Soon after, the union representing many of the affected employees said the majority didn't want to move.