SAINT JOHN (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $60,000 in a non-profit organization to develop a broad community plan for the old north end neighbourhood in Saint John.

The ONE Change Inc. will develop a plan to support industries and businesses throughout the city as they look to attract new workers, while creating economic growth and meeting the need for additional workers in the greater Saint John area.

“We need to revitalize the neighbourhood and attract private sector investment to boost employment opportunities and create a vibrant environment that appeals to residents, including new Canadians,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder. “It is evident we need affordable housing and there is no better place than the old north end.”

The plan will outline clear goals with a combination of short and long-term timelines. It will incorporate the visions of key stakeholders, residents and land owners in the neighbourhood. An action plan will be prepared outlining the investment opportunities available in the area and the support needed to drive the investment.

“Our organization is committed to engagement of the community on all levels,” said Tamara Kelly, executive director of the ONE Change Inc. “This plan will be a community-owned plan that will build up and sustain our north end going forward.”

The ONE Change Inc. is a registered charity with a mission of improving the quality of life and reducing crime in the old north end of Saint John by addressing poverty, health, employment and education.