4.2 Overview of Exhaustees by Human Resource Centre

This section profiles the current number of those eligible for TAGS(1) in the fifteen HRCC areas and also shows TAGS clients as a percent of the population 15 years of age and over by HRCC in map form. Appendices 4.2 to 4.4 list total TAGS clients and processing and harvesting workers who were scheduled to fall from the program each year until 1999. It should be noted that the HRCC in Labrador City does not serve any TAGS clients. The town is primarily an inland mining community with little attachment to the fishery.
As illustrated in Figure 3, there are five centres throughout the Province serving between 2,101 and 2,800 TAGS clients. The Clarenville office serves 2,820, the largest number of clients, and Gander follows a close second, serving 2,780 clients (see Appendix 4.1).
Figure 4 profiles eligible TAGS clients as a percent of the population 15 years of age and over by HRCC. The Gander and Marystown HRCC areas have the highest number of clients as a percent of the source population (between 21 and 40 percent) currently eligible.
Although the Clarenville HRCC serves the largest number of eligible clients in the Province, it has fewer TAGS clients as a proportion of the area source population. In this region of the Province the labour market is more diversified and the relative reliance on the fishery is less prominent.
TAGS clients associated with the Harbour Grace and St. Anthony centres account for between 16 and 20 percent of the area source populations.
In 1997 the HRCC that will see the largest number of clients exhaust their benefits will be St. John's with 540 clients exiting TAGS in that year (see Appendix 4.2). Each of Harbour Grace, St. Anthony, Gander, Clarenville, Happy Valley and Marystown will lose between 250 and 500 clients.
The largest decline in the number of clients in 1997 as a proportion of total clients will be experienced by the Happy Valley office. About 24 percent of the 1,050 clients will exhaust their benefits (see Appendix 8.0 for data regarding the number initially scheduled to exhaust TAGS by month).
The areas that would be the most heavily impacted by the ending of the program in 1998 would be the areas most reliant on TAGS, as illustrated by Figure 4. The degree of impact, however, will be determined by activity in the fishery and the economic situation in areas at the time TAGS ends.

1. Figures in this section include only clients who are currently eligible. However, data by year include clients who have exhausted their benefits.


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