July 1 marked Alberta’s much anticipated full reopening. This past year and a half has been filled with challenges, opportunities, and stories of both struggle and triumph through adversity as we’ve battled the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to take this time to thank Albertans for their sacrifices and their efforts to protect their friends, family, and neighbours throughout this pandemic.
Alberta’s government is preparing for a post-pandemic Alberta by investing up to $370 million that will support hiring unemployed Albertans into thousands of jobs. The Jobs Now program, the largest jobs training program in provincial history, will help reduce the costs of hiring and training unemployed Albertans, encouraging employers to create jobs for Albertans as the economy recovers. It is estimated that over two years, more than 21,000 new jobs will be created. I will continue to push for the development of strong policy that supports Albertans and our economy.
As we head further into a great Alberta summer, our government is focused on economic recovery and job creation. We’ve already seen some of the good news with the announcement that Air Products, a global leader in hydrogen production, is investing $1.3 billion in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, creating 2,500 construction jobs. This is due to the government’s push to make Alberta the most attractive place in North America for business and industry to invest, build and grow in.
The Alberta government continues to focus on economic recovery and job creation by attracting new investment to the province. We expect to see more announcements like this in the near future, as the Alberta government continues to work tirelessly to create the conditions for economic growth. Many economic forecasters have predicted that Alberta will lead all provinces in growth this year and next, including the Conference Board of Canada, Desjardins Group, and the National Bank of Canada.
Prasad Panda, MLA