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“Fish farming contributes to activity and employment in local, often rural, communities. Our aim is to produce food in a sustainable way, which means to operate in such a way that we uphold the potential for continued food production by maintaining positive relationships with local communities, our employees and fish consumers”.
Cermaq Sustainability Principles 2009
Mainstream Canada provides employment to local people in many coastal communities, and supports businesses in the local purchase of supplies and services. Our company also supports many community activities, environmental initiatives, and education and learning opportunities within our local communities.
“A motivated and knowledgeable workforce is the best basis for future results and a decisive factor in operating sustainably.” - Geir Isaksen, CEO, Cermaq
Mainstream Canada employs over 250 people in our hatcheries, farms, processing plants and administration centers, throughout Vancouver Island. Our employees come from local communities, other communities in BC and Canada, as well as many other countries in the world. The company is proud of that diversity and strives to create a positive working environment where networking, personal development, teamwork, and open communication are encouraged.
Mainstream Canada sponsors a variety of projects and activities to encourage employee participation. Some of these include the employee Newsletter, Soccer and Squash nights at the local recreation centre, Slo-Pitch league teams in Campbell River and Tofino, Staff BBQ’s, and participation in local community events.
To help ensure the health and safety of our employees, in 2009 Mainstream Canada achievd International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 18801 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment (OHSA) certification across our operations. This program assists the company and employees with:
Mainstream Canada operates within the traditional territories of several First Nations on the BC coast. Our relationship with these communities is extremely important to our vision of sustainable aquaculture and we strive to develop social, economic, and cultural relationships that are mutually beneficial and based on the following:
Our company is committed not only to sustainable salmon farming operations on Vancouver Island, but to supporting the local communities in the areas we operate. We strive to patronize local businesses, to employ local people, and to be a reliable partner for our communities. To view our office, hatchery, processing plant and farm locations on Vancouver Island click here.
Mainstream also strives to be an active member of the community through involvement with community projects and events such as:
Mainstream Canada also supports a number of community organizations through sponsorship, with priority for youth, community projects and education activities. Some of our sponsorships have included youth employment programs, local community charity events, First Nations youth activities, salmon enhancement projects, sports teams, First Nations community projects, and local community youth activities.