Friday, April 6, 2018


   The Newfoundland and Labrador government’s standing offer to pay residents of remote communities to relocate can pit neighbours against one another in a bid to save the province money, according to a professor studying human migration.
     The Community Relocation Policy is community-driven, meaning residents have to approach the provincial government for a cost-benefit analysis to determine if they qualify.
      If the government can save enough money by cutting off provincial and municipal services, and 90 per cent of residents vote to leave, they are paid up to $270,000 per household or $10,000 per resident over 18 years old who do not own property, to leave the area.
     Nobody is forced to move after a yes vote, but garbage collection, sewage and water, street lighting, road maintenance, ferry service, schools, health care and electricity are all cut off.

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