The province is making the future of energy-efficient street lighting brighter by supporting an innovative Nova Scotia-based technology firm. Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris announced today, March 30, that the province will provide LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. with a $10-million loan guarantee from the Industrial Expansion Fund. “This loan guarantee will help a promising leader in clean technology take its business to the next level,” said Mr. Paris. “Growing businesses and allowing them to pursue lucrative export opportunities is an essential part of jobsHere, the plan to create jobs and grow the economy.” In addition, LED Roadway Lighting’s founder Charles Cartmill will invest another $3.2 million in the company. “LED Roadway Lighting is well positioned to become an international leader in a $500-billion global industry,” said Mr. Cartmill. “Through the province’s support, we will be able to capitalize on our current contracts, and continue our expansion plans.” LED Roadway Lighting manufacturers innovative streetlight fixtures that use 60 per cent less energy than traditional fixtures. With a manufacturing facility in Amherst, and research and development and executive offices in Halifax, the company employs more than 100 people and expects to more than triple that by 2014. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the province uses to support economic development in all regions of Nova Scotia. It helps industries involved in innovative research and technology and contributes to a prosperous, sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia.
The Department of Labour and Advanced Education has completed its investigation into the sudden closure of ServiCom, a call centre in Sydney, and found that former employees are owed pay. Affected employees are being sent correspondence this week, explaining the outcome of the investigation and the specific pay owing to them. The provincial government, through the director of Labour Standards and a former employee co-applicant, will make a court application for a bankruptcy order against ServiCom in Canada. If a bankruptcy order is made by the court, it will enable former employees to apply to the federal Wage Earner Protection Program. “We continue to do everything we can to recover wages owed, outstanding vacation pay and pay in lieu of notice of termination for former ServiCom employees,” said Business Minister Geoff MacLellan, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “Initiating a Canadian bankruptcy proceeding is the best course of action.” Under the federal program, each employee may be eligible to recover up to a maximum of $6,600. If a bankruptcy order is made by the court, a trustee will be appointed and will assist employees in accessing the Wage Earner Protection Program. The federal government will determine what pay claims qualify for the program and how much each claimant may receive. Initiating this bankruptcy process will not affect current operations for the new owner. “Thank you to MCI for helping facilitate communication with former ServiCom employees as we try to update them on what we’re doing to recover their unpaid wages,” said Mr. MacLellan. If former employees have not received correspondence by Tuesday, March 12, they can email [email protected] or call 902-424-8127 with the following information by Friday, March 15: full name current mailing address phone number the dates worked for ServiCom ServiCom employee ID # (if available)