TRACY (GNB) -- The provincial government is providing up to $136,000 for up to 14 jobs and an economic social impact study with Bridges of Canada.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Jody Carr made the announcement today during the opening of the new Sarah Tracy Centre for Women.

The centre is a newly-opened, long-term residential treatment centre operated through Bridges of Canada and treats clients who struggle with addiction and mental illness.

“Our government is pleased to partner with Bridges of Canada to help create up to 14 new, long-term jobs,” said Carr. “We are excited about the treatment and services this facility will provide, but we are also excited to see a new employer in the region. This initiative will help grow our economy while supporting vulnerable New Brunswickers, making this an investment with layers of benefits.”

The centre has hired a multidisciplinary team that will assess each client and develop individual treatment plans that best meet the clients’ needs. The centre offers a continuum of care to restore each client to her highest possible level of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. With the help of these professionals, clients will develop and implement a long-term plan of recovery.

“The holistic treatment program is transformative in nature, empowering women to make positive life changes through education, vocation, life skills, 12-Step programming, therapeutic counseling, and spiritual care,” said Rev. Richard Bragdon. “Our late president, Monty Lewis, had a dream, and this program, with its many community partners, brings his hard work and vision to fruition.”

The facility can accommodate up to 26 women.

“While today we are talking about the job opportunities at the facility itself, we know that with the right support for recovery and through our government’s suite of employment training programs, we will soon be talking about these women entering the workforce themselves,” said Carr, “Our goal is to support people, skills and jobs, and we are doing just that. Our investment in Bridges of Canada is an investment in the economy and in jobs, but it also an investment in these women and their families.”

Of the 14 position, two are earmarked for the Bar None Camp in Boiestown which provides a camp experience for youth at risk and is also operated through Bridges of Canada.

The provincial government provided funding under the Workforce Expansion and Employment Services programs as part of the Canada-New Brunswick Labour Market Development Agreement. Three of the positions were funded specifically under the One Job Pledge Initiative.

Funding of $20,000 through the Regional Development Corporation will be used for exploratory work on an economic social impact study on a therapeutic community intervention program.