January 26, 2018 – Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge, in a two day tour, met with representatives from the Alberta Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) and various stakeholders to discuss the enormous opportunities that the Heartland’s advanced chemical manufacturing is currently facing. MP Sorbara brought his experience on the Standing Committee on Finance, as well as his twenty year business and economic perspective to the conversation.
Following a discussion with the AIHA, stops at Pembina and NorthWest Redwater Refinery for industrial tours, MP Sorbara met with key stakeholders from the Chemical Industry Association of Canada to discuss the potential multi-billion dollar investment opportunities in this sector. Following these key stakeholder meetings, the AIHA held their annual stakeholder event where the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, addressed the more than 600 attendees.
Approximately $40 billion of capital has been invested in the Alberta Heartland Petrochemical sector, supporting thousands of jobs and contributing billions of dollars to the Canadian economy. The sector is a leading innovator in the global advanced chemical manufacturing sector and this sector continues to grow, with Nova chemicals sanctioning a $2 billion investment in its Sarnia, ON facility and Inter Pipeline Ltd.’s announcement to move forward with Canada’s first PDH program, a $4 billion project.
“The Alberta Heartland Petrochemical sector is key to supporting thousands of middle class jobs and contributing billions of dollars to the Canadian economy. Recent investment decisions reflect confidence both within the sector and Canada. This industry creates jobs and supports our economy and we need to continue to put in place policies to encourage investment across sectors to grow the economy.”
– Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge