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Sault chocolatier off to a sweet start

Province dabbles funding on social justice venture
Centre for Social Change
Centre for Social Justice and Good Works in Sault Ste. Marie.

A Sault Ste. Marie chocolate manufacturing startup with a social justice cause received provincial funding to serve as a job training facility.

Sault MPP Ross Romano made the funding announcement on April 26 that the Centre for Social Justice and Good Works has landed $73,755 to establish Sweet Change Chocolate Company.

A government news release said the funding will support the creation of two full-time jobs. The company’s start date is May 8.

Since 2015, the Centre for Social Justice and Good Works has helped people facing barriers to employment develop life skills and gain work experience.

“We are investing in local businesses like the Sweet Change Chocolate Company, through the Centre for Social Justice and Good Works, which are eager to train and hire, matching them with workers who seek opportunity,” said Romano in a statement.

"Sweet Change will provide the tools and space needed to give participants hands-on training, helping them prepare for good jobs and opportunities.”

Christina Coutu, the centre’s executive director, thanked the province for supporting their training and development initiative.

“We're creating positive change by helping individuals find meaningful employment, start a business or pursue post-secondary education."