Nfld. & Labrador

Fate of Little Bay Islands unknown after close resettlement vote

Residents of Little Bay Islands will have to wait to see if they'll be able to get a resettlement package from the Newfoundland and Labrador government.
While some boats still do visit the harbour in Little Bay Islands, it's much quieter than it used to be. (Julia Cook/CBC)

Residents of Little Bay Islands will have to wait to see if they'll be able to get a resettlement package from the Newfoundland and Labrador government.

Just 10 people voted against relocation while 85 residents voted yes, the Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs said in an email to CBC News.

The result was 89.47 per cent and the threshold for relocation is 90 per cent.

"It's not going to be pleasant time in this community if the number is not there," said former mayor Perry Locke

Two years ago, the province hiked the maximum payout per household in relocated communities to $270,000. Previously, the amount was $100,000.

A representative from the department said "next steps will be considered after the [provincial] election."​ 

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