McCain french fry plant in Borden-Carleton

The McCain french fry plant in Borden-Carleton is closing. The company says 121 jobs will be lost. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

The upcoming closure of the McCain Foods french fry plant in Borden-Carleton has not yet deterred the town from creating a new housing subdivision.

The town of Borden-Carleton wants to purchase about 16 hectares for the subdivision, and has three or four possible sites in mind.

Mayor of Borden-Carleton Dean Sexton says they hope to entice more workers to live in town, instead of commuting.

This despite the loss of 121 jobs with the closure of McCain Foods plant announced earlier this month.

“McCain, they've always been a good corporate citizen in this community, they've helped us many many times over the years,” said Sexton. “Moving on, we really have to look at attracting more people to this community.”

Town officials say the remaining businesses still employ about 600 people in a town of just 750. 

They say most of those workers commute from surrounding Crapaud, Kinkora, Summerside and Charlottetown.

Plans in works for McCain's $2 million

After the plant’s announcement, the McCain Foods regional president said the company will work with the provincial government and spend $2 million to create new jobs for the affected employees and to help the wider community.

The mayor hopes some of that money will be used for the subdivision.

Silliker Glass Ltd. is a family-owned company that moved to Borden-Carleton from Summerside four years ago.

The manager says more housing in town would help keep jobs filled at their plant where many employees commute.

"You're always looking for employees out here.  People don't particularly care to commute to Borden,” said general manager Matt Silliker. “I know having access to employees this close to our work would be extremely beneficial for sure.”

Borden-Carleton is offering a five-year rebate on municipal property taxes, to anyone who puts up a new home in Borden.