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Ontario to help families affected by Heinz closure


The Ontario government will provide up to $200,000 from the Communities in Transition program to help people in Leamington affected by the impending closure of the Heinz plant. The funding will help the community identify the best path forward and pursue new opportunities for growth.

“I want the people of Leamington to know that they have our support. Their work has contributed to the economic strength of this province and we will make sure that, in return, we support their needs during this challenging time,” said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne during a recent visit to the southwestern Ontario town.

Through the Rapid Re-employment and Training Service, the government is also working with employees affected by the closure to help them plan their next steps, find new jobs or get new skills.

The Communities in Transition program provides assistance to Ontario communities and industry sectors to help them overcome specific economic challenges, including plant closures.

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Earlier this month, Heinz announced that it would shut down its Leamington plant in 2014, cutting 740 jobs over the next six to eight months.

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