AIHA Welcomes New Chair

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AIHA Welcomes New Chair

AIHA WELCOMES NEW CHAIR
At its Annual General Meeting on September 13, 2019, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) saw the transfer of Chairpersonship from the City of Fort Saskatchewan to Sturgeon County.

The Mayor of Sturgeon County, Alanna Hnatiw, will serve as Chairperson of AIHA for two years replacing outgoing Chairperson, Mayor Gale Katchur of Fort Saskatchewan.  “For more than 20 years the AIHA Board has advanced investment and diversification in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.  As Chair, I look forward to continuing that effort and to working closely with the Board of Directors to ensure our region is sustainable, beneficial, innovative, and responsible.”

The AIHA Board meets four times yearly to address the strategic needs of AIHA.  Sturgeon County will hold Chairpersonship until 2021 wherein it will pass to Strathcona County.

“I would like to thank Mayor Gale Katchur for her leadership over the past two years and I welcome Mayor Hnatiw to the Chairpersonship. I look forward to working with her and the entire Board to advance our mandate. We believe the Industrial Heartland is well-positioned to capture more than $30 billion in new investment in value-add energy processing by 2030, and we are encouraged by the market interest demonstrated by foreign investors and regional players,” says Mark Plamondon, Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association.

ABOUT ALBERTA’S INDUSTRIAL HEARTLAND ASSOCIATION
The Industrial Heartland region is considered a world-class location for petrochemical, manufacturing, oil and gas investment and is also Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region. It is a powerful economic driver for Alberta and Canada and offers attractive competitive advantages in energy diversification and industrial development.

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association is dedicated to coordinating, advocating, and promoting sustainable industrial development in the Heartland region. The Association is a cooperative effort of Lamont County, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, and the Cities of Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan.

Regional Labour Profile Highlights Significant Workforce Advantage

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Regional Labour Profile Highlights Significant Workforce Advantage

REGIONAL LABOUR PROFILE HIGHLIGHTS SIGNIFICANT WORKFORCE ADVANTAGES

A study that considered aggregated labour data and information from employers in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, Strathcona Industrial Area, and northeast Edmonton, determined that nearly half of the 12,000 jobs were in the chemical manufacturing industry. This statistic, along with other key employment data points, offers valuable insight into the labour market advantages available in the Industrial Heartland Region. Rail transportation, petroleum product manufacturing, and pipeline transportation are other sectors with burgeoning labour indicators that contribute to a thriving Industrial Heartland region labour market.

The Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Regional Labour Profile provides critical labour information for investors, stakeholders, and existing companies and examines competitive labour advantages to doing business in the Industrial Heartland Region. Summarized data includes an employment profile, workforce issues and recommendations, data on recruitment and retention, diversity opportunities, technology change, wage/salary information, and workforce needs and shortages. The survey methodology supporting the study was designed to provide an in-depth picture of the workforce in the Industrial Heartland region. Employers were selected to participate in the survey based on location and industry sector.

“This study will assist and inform investors and existing companies as they calculate future business and investment opportunities in and around the Industrial Heartland Region. With a 21st century, educated and diverse labour workforce, we believe the Industrial Heartland Region is well-positioned to capture more than $30 billion in new investment potential in the petrochemical energy sector,” says Mark Plamondon, Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association.

The Industrial Heartland Region is considered a world-class location for petrochemical, manufacturing, oil and gas investment and is also Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region. It is a powerful economic driver for Alberta and Canada and offers attractive competitive advantages in energy diversification and industrial development.

The profile is a collaborative effort of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, Lamont County, the City of Fort Saskatchewan, the City of Edmonton, and the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Labour & Immigration and is available for download HERE.

Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation Receives Federal Funding

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Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation Receives Federal Funding

Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, on behalf of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Honourable Navdeep Bains, announced a commitment of $49 million to Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC), a joint venture between Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. (PIC) to construct a new $4.5-billion polypropylene complex in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

“Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association is an active advocate for meaningful incentive programs that enhance Alberta’s competitiveness on the world market. We are very encouraged to see the government’s focus on increasing the Strategic Investment Fund, which was reflected in the funding announcement to CKPC.  This activity sends a strong signal to investors that the governments of Canada and Alberta are focused on diversifying our energy economy and enhancing our competitiveness. We have worked hard over the last 12 months to highlight the opportunity in Alberta and we are pleased to see that the federal and provincial government announcements are having a significant positive impact on investment in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland,” says Mark Plamondon, Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association.

For more information on CKPC’s investment in the Industrial Heartland, click here.

 

IPL Heartland Petrochemical Complex Receives Federal Funding

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IPL Heartland Petrochemical Complex Receives Federal Funding

This week the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Honourable Navdeep Bains, announced a commitment of $49 million to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland’s Inter Pipeline in support of their $3.5-billion Heartland Petrochemical Complex. The project, announced in late 2017, will take abundant, low-priced Canadian propane and produce high-quality polypropylene—one of the most widely used plastics in the world for its durability and its recyclability. This project will open new markets and opportunities as polypropylene is not currently produced in Canada.

“Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association is an active advocate for meaningful incentive programs that enhance Alberta’s competitiveness on the world market. In particular, the federal government’s commitment to increasing the capital cost allowance for specific capital assets that will allow up to 100 percent tax deductibility will support investment here in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and we are very encouraged to see the government’s focus on increasing the Strategic Investment Fund, which was reflected in today’s funding announcement to Inter Pipeline. These steps, coupled with the provincial government’s incentive program announcements specific to the Petrochemicals Diversification Program and the Petrochemical Feedstock Infrastructure Program, send a strong signal to investors that the governments of Canada and Alberta are focused on diversifying our energy economy and enhancing our competitiveness. We have worked hard over the last 12 months to highlight the opportunity in Alberta and we are pleased to see that the federal and provincial government announcements are indeed having a significant positive impact on investment in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland,” says Mark Plamondon, Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association.

For more information on Inter Pipeline’s Heartland Petrochemical Complex, visit their website here.

We’re Hiring!

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AIHA Celebrates 20 Years

AIHA JOB OPPORTUNITY
We’re hiring!  Are you a motivated business development professional with experience implementing business development strategy?

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) is seeking a Business Development Officer to join AIHA. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and able to work within a team environment. Reporting to the Director of Business Development,  the Business Development Officer will play a key role in shaping and implementing AIHA’s Business Development strategy, which will include identifying marketing opportunities, leading studies and reports, planning investor hosting and ensuring professional and timely follow up to investor inquiries.  The Business Development Officer will also play a key role in liaising with key business development stakeholders including existing and potential investors, representatives from all levels of government (including federal, provincial and local governments including AIHA members) and other key industry groups.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE JOB DESCRIPTION

Pembina Announces Positive FID for Heartland PDH/PP Facility

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Pembina Announces Positive FID for Heartland Facility

PEMBINA ANNOUNCES POSITIVE FID FOR PDH/PP FACILITY IN AB’S INDUSTRIAL HEARTLAND

Pembina Pipeline Corporation along with Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. (PIC) of Kuwait, announced on February 4, 2019 a positive final investment decision to construct a 550,000 tonne per annum integrated propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant and polypropylene (PP) upgrading facility through their equally-owned joint venture entity, Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC).

The PDH/PP Facility will be located in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, adjacent to Pembina’s Redwater fractionation complex and will consume approximately 23,000 barrels per day of local propane. The facility will have long-term access to an abundant supply of propane feedstock, with a structural cost advantage when compared to other North American facilities.

The PDH/PP Facility is expected to be in-service in mid-2023.

“The decision by Pembina to move forward on its PDH/PP facility is welcome news for Alberta and Canada.  World-wide demand for polypropylene is on the rise and a this type of commitment puts Alberta’s Industrial Heartland at the forefront of advanced manufacturing, bringing innovation to the NOrth American and global marketplace,” says Mark Plamondon, Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association.

CLICK HERE TO READ PEMBINA’S PRESS RELEASE

Government Announcements Reflect AIHA Calls for Action

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Government Announcements Reflect AIHA Calls for Action

Federal Minister of Finance Bill Morneau released his fall economic update titled, “Investing in Middle Class Jobs” on October 22.  Some of the key provisions in the Economic Update are consistent with recommendations made by Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association to the Federal Government, including our recommendations that the Government :

  1. Make changes to Canada’s tax system, as follows:
    • Allow businesses to immediately write off the cost of machinery and equipment used for manufacturing or processing of goods.  The immediate expensing will apply to qualifying assets acquired after November 20, 2018, and will be gradually phased out starting in 2024 through to 2027.
    • Allow businesses to immediately write off the full cost of specified clean energy equipment.  The immediate expensing will apply to qualifying assets acquired after November 20, 2018, and will begradually phased out starting in 2024 through to 2027.
    • Introduce an accelerated capital cost allowance for businesses of all sizes.  The accelerated capital cost allowance will apply to qualifying assets acquired after November 20, 2018, and will be gradually phased out starting in 2024 through to 2027.
  2. Enhance the Strategic Innovation Fund, providing an additional $800 M over five years that will continue to support innovative investments across the country.
  3. Conduct a review of the existing legislation that governs how federal departments and agencies craft regulations, with an intent to include “competitiveness considerations” when drawing up rules.

In general, the Government of Canada is recognizing the competitiveness issues in Canada relative to the U.S., and is making an effort to close the gap.

The Federal Government’s announcement comes on the heels of an announcement by Alberta Premier Notley, who announced that her Government will increase the funding for the Petrochemical Diversification Program from $500 million in royalty credits to $1.1 billion, as well as increase the grants/loan guarantees under the Petrochemical Feedstock Infrastructure Program from $500 million to $1 billion, citing strong interest from investors (23 applicants) in the programs.

These announcements are welcome news for Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association and reinforce the messaging that our Association has been delivering to government consistently in partnership with our strategic stakeholder partners.  “Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, along with our strategic advocacy partners, worked extensively over the last 12 months to impress upon the federal government the critical importance of identifying meaningful incentives that enhance Canada’s competitiveness on the world market.  We are glad to see the federal government heard our calls for action and included provisions in their Fall Economic Update, ” says Executive Director Mark Plamondon.

“In particular, the government’s commitment to increasing the capital cost allowance for specific capital assets (such as machinery and equipment) that will allow up to 100 percent tax deductibility will support investment here at home. We are also encouraged to see the focus put on increasing the Strategic Investment Fund to $800 million, a measure that is sure to catch the eye of potential investors in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.  These steps, coupled with the provincial government’s announcement to increase in dollars earmarked for the Petrochemicals Diversification Program and the Petrochemical Feedstock Infrastructure Program, send a strong signal to investors that the governments of Canada and Alberta are focused on diversifying our energy economy and enhancing our competitiveness.  Both the federal and provincial government announcements over the last two days are expected to have a significant positive impact on investment in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. ”

AIHA’s Pre-Budget Submission to Federal Finance Committee

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AIHA Presents Pre-Budget Submission to Federal Finance Committee

On October 17 we presented to the Federal Finance Committee as part of pre-budget consultations undertaken in advance of the 2019 Federal Budget. Our recommendations include increasing/ accelerating the Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance and modifying the Strategic Innovation Fund and our message to our federal partners is clear:

“Petrochemicals touch every corner of our country and every sector of our economy and we believe that with the right investment conditions, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland has the ability to attract $30 billion in new investment. Every job created in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland creates five more jobs across the broader Canadian economy. That’s good news for all of Canada, but it’s not just about the numbers. Diversifying our natural resources means leading the world in the transition to a low carbon economy.”

Below are our full remarks to the Federal Finance Committee and you can download our full submission by clicking here:

“Thank you Mr. Chair and committee members for this opportunity and welcome to Edmonton.

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association is a non-profit economic development organization of five municipalities that represent a 582-square kilometre $40 billion value-add energy cluster here in the Edmonton Metro Region.  Our cluster model minimizes industry’s environmental footprint, makes use of petrochemical by-products and maximizes the benefit for Canadians.

Petrochemicals touch every corner of our country and every sector in our economy.  Petrochemicals create fertilizers for potato crops in PEI or packaging to keep Quebec and Ontario dairy famers’ products fresher longer.  They provide lightweight, durable plastics used in transportation and auto manufacturing to make buses and cars more fuel efficient.  Whether a child visits the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver or the Stollery here in Edmonton, they are receiving first rate medical care thanks to petrochemicals that make IV bags and sterile tubing that deliver lifesaving blood and medicine, stethoscopes, aspirin and even diapers. And the tech supercluster in Waterloo wouldn’t exist without petrochemicals that make up over half of the components in smart phones, tablets and computers.

Canada imports $53 billion in petrochemicals each year – mainly to B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.  We have the resources, the talent and the opportunity to manufacture more of those products here at home.  In fact, we have the chance to attract $30 billion in new investments to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland alone by 2030.  But only if we have a competitive investment climate, and we have some work to do on that front.

The competitiveness gap between Canada and the United States has been growing over the past decade with the introduction of targeted investment attraction programs and tax initiatives south of the border.

The implementation of 100% immediate capital cost depreciation in the U.S. being the most recent and significant measure.  That measure alone is forecasted over a 10-year period to:

  • Increase GDP by 3%
  • Increase capital stock by 8.3%
  • Boost the wage rate by 2.5% and the number of full-time equivalent jobs by 575,000

But for us, it’s not just about numbers, it’s about the contribution to our communities and about the people who depend on these high-skilled, middle class jobs that exist for decades after these facilities are built.  For example, the $200,000 Shell Skilled Trades Centre at Fort Saskatchewan High School will help us get more youth interested in the trades and help close the skills gap.  And Cenovus’ $200,000 donation to 22 libraries and 19 Aboriginal communities will help promote learning and literacy.

Inter Pipeline’s polypropylene facility in the Heartland – the first ever in Canada – is bringing us new technology, construction jobs and much needed work for our local steel fabricators: DACRO and CESSCO.  And for every job created here in the Heartland, five more jobs are created in the broader Canadian economy because of the multiplier effect of the petrochemical sector.

Not only do these investments bring jobs and community benefits, but petrochemical production in Canada from clean natural gas liquids will result in lower global greenhouse gas emissions than if produced elsewhere from oil or coal, and moreover, production of these necessary products at home will reduce the need to import them, further reducing global emissions.  This is the future of our energy economy in Canada and will help lead the world in the transition to a lower carbon economy.  But we have to be willing to work together at all levels of government to ensure the jobs and economic benefits end up here in Canada and not across the border.  With the change in government and, subsequently, environmental policies in the United States – it’s more important now than ever that Canada ensure these facilities are built here where we are environmental leaders.

To that end our recommendations of increasing and extending the Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance and modifying the Strategic Innovation Fund are two measures that can have an immediate and significant impact on our ability to attract investments in Canada.”

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Alberta's Industrial heartland association annual stakeholder event

January 30, 2020

Edmonton Convention Centre, Hall D

Save the Date

Tickets go on sale on November 1, 2019.

Our event is held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Edmonton Convention Centre, Hall D (formerly Shaw Conference Centre).

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Save the Date - January 30 2020

About the event

This full-day networking conference offers attendees an opportunity to engage with industry experts and elected officials. The program is designed to highlight activity in the Industrial Heartland region, to offer policy-related insights on topics important to our industry, and to provide information on opportunities for investment. More information will be available closer to the January 30, 2020 date.

Where

Edmonton Convention Centre, Hall D
(formerly Shaw Conference Centre)
9797 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9

When

Thursday, January 30, 2020
8:00 AM – 4:45 PM

Event Schedule

8:00 AM / 60 minutes
Doors Open

Registration / Breakfast
9:00 AM / 30 minutes
Welcome & Introductory Remarks
9:30 AM / 45 minutes
Heartland Region Industry Updates
10:15 AM / 45 minutes
Networking Break
11:00 AM / 45 minutes
Feature Speaker

Geopolitical Impact on Canada's International Trade Efforts
11:45 AM / 75 minutes
Lunch Buffet & Networking Break
1:00 PM / 45 minutes
Panel Session

International Perspective on Alberta PetCham
1:45 PM / 45 minutes
Heartland Region Industry Updates
2:30 PM / 30 minutes
Networking Break
3:00 PM / 60 minutes
Keynote Speaker

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, PC
4:00 PM / 30 minutes
Closing Reception
4:30 PM
End of Event

Expected Speakers

Stephen Harper

Key Note Speaker, Former Prime Minister of Canada

Alanna Hnatiw
Vice Chair, AIHA

Mark Plamondon
Executive Director, AIHA

Third speaker to be announced
To be determined

The Venue

Edmonton Conference Centre, Hall D
9797 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB

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