|NOVA SCOTIA GIVES JAZZ MILLIONS TO EXPAND IN HALIFAX|
|Funding package to create 150 new maintenance, management and technical support jobs|
|The Canadian Press|
Jazz Aviation is getting $16.5 million in public money from the Nova Scotia government to expand its heavy maintenance base in Halifax.|
Premier Darrell Dexter said the money will create 150 new maintenance, management and technical support jobs.
The five-year funding package for the subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc. includes a $2.5 million forgivable loan, and $2 million to recruit and train new workers as well as upgrade the skills of current employees.
The government is also providing the company with a $12 million interest-bearing repayable loan.
The announcement comes days after the union representing workers at a Chorus heavy maintenance base in London, Ont., said that facility will close as a result of a deal to add six new planes to its fleet.
About 200 people will be affected by that closure, but workers will be offered employment elsewhere based on seniority.