Canada – Alberta Home to Snack Maker’s Newest Facility

Super-Pufft, one of North America’s largest manufacturers and co-packers of salty snacks for retailers and national brands, has established a new state-of-the-art potato chip processing facility in Alberta.

May 17, 2022 – Airdrie, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Super-Pufft, one of North America’s largest manufacturers and co-packers of salty snacks for retailers and national brands, has established a new state-of-the-art potato chip processing facility in Alberta.

The new $50-million facility will support Alberta potato producers and create more than 100 jobs for the Airdrie area.

The food processor selected Alberta because of the province’s reputation as a consistent producer of high-quality potatoes. In addition to investment facilitation services, Super-Pufft received $250,000 in funding, cost-shared by the federal and provincial governments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, to support equipment for their new Airdrie facility.

When both phases of the project are operational, the Airdrie facility will use about 78,000 tonnes of Alberta potatoes each year.

Alberta has a reputation for high-quality agricultural products and investments such as this help build the province’s capacity to meet the growing global demand for food. Potato processing is a key emerging area for growth in Alberta’s food processing industry.

“Alberta’s food processing sector is a major contributor to our economy. This investment towards Super-Pufft’s Airdrie facility will support local growers in the region while helping to increase global demand for the province’s high-quality potatoes. All Canadians benefit when food processors have the necessary equipment to increase their capacity for output.”

– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“This is a great example of how Alberta’s first-class reputation for high-quality agricultural products, combined with the right business environment, is attracting new world-class agri-food investment to the province. Super-Pufft’s Airdrie facility represents a significant boost for Alberta’s potato growers, and will create hundreds of new jobs for Albertans.”

– Nate Horner, Alberta Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development

“I’m proud of the company we’ve created and the products we produce. We offer imaginative recipes made with the finest ingredients. We acquire technologies ahead of the marketplace and take measured risks to generate big ideas. We look to continue to grow and succeed with the continuous support from our dedicated employees and the community at large who assist us in making our customers’ bottom line our bottom line.”

– Yousif Al-Ali, president and chief executive officer, Super-Pufft Snacks Corporation

“We are thrilled that Super-Pufft has chosen Airdrie as its first location in Western Canada and are excited to welcome them to our city. This venture will increase growth of a target industry, drive our local economy and create vast employment opportunities. We sincerely thank Super-Pufft for this significant investment in our community.”

– Peter Brown, mayor, City of Airdrie

Marianne Dandurand

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

marianne.dandurand@agr.gc.ca

343-541-9229

Mackenzie Blyth

Press Secretary

Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development

mackenzie.blyth@gov.ab.ca

780-293-1745

Canada – Helping Alberta producers: 2021 AgriRecovery funding

The 2021 growing season was difficult for Alberta producers, but the targeted AgriRecovery initiative was timely and successful.

May 4, 2022 – Edmonton, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The 2021 growing season was difficult for Alberta producers, but the targeted AgriRecovery initiative was timely and successful.

In response to severe drought conditions last growing season, the governments of Canada and Alberta worked together to develop and deploy an AgriRecovery initiative, which helped thousands of livestock producers cover their extraordinary costs. The responses were administered through Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC).

Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative

The 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative provided support and cash flow for Alberta’s livestock producers and beekeepers to help them address the unexpected costs to feed livestock caused by prolonged dry weather and extreme high temperatures.

The initial response paid out more than $180 million on more than 14,000 applications for more than 2.1 million animals.

The second phase of this initiative provided continued assistance to eligible Alberta producers hit hard by the 2021 drought. As of April 19, the program had paid out nearly $172 million on more than 11,300 applications.

Together, the initial and secondary payments have already put more than $350 million into the hands of producers to help them address the extraordinary costs incurred feeding their livestock during the 2021 drought.

The Alberta government and AFSC worked closely with key industry stakeholders to develop a timely response that delivered the support producers needed, when they needed it. The 2021 drought had significant impacts on the province’s producers and the response ensured that Alberta farmers and ranchers were supported through these extreme conditions. The AgriRecovery response helped producers recover business costs that are beyond what is covered through other financial assistance or business risk management programs.

AgriRecovery

AgriRecovery is a federal-provincial-territorial disaster relief framework to help agricultural producers with the extraordinary costs associated with recovering from natural disasters. Eligible costs are supported on the 60-40 cost-shared federal-provincial basis outlined under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The AgriRecovery framework is part of a suite of Business Risk Management tools under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

“Alberta producers have once again shown their strength and resiliency in overcoming the challenges of the past year. The Government of Canada is making sure to support them in the face of uncertainty so they remain well-positioned for success.”

–   The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Last year was tough for many Alberta farmers and ranchers, but they persevered and met the challenges that came at them. I’m cautiously optimistic that 2022 will be a positive year for our ag sector. Commodity prices are strong and Alberta producers have always been at the forefront of innovative farming practices and sustainability. We’re looking to our agri-food sector to help lead Alberta’s economic recovery.”

–   Nate Horner, Alberta Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development

“We have been proud to support the delivery of this much-needed relief to help our livestock producers and beekeepers make it through the difficult season they experienced in 2021. We understand the impacts of extreme dry weather and AFSC continues to do everything we can to ensure producers receive the support they need.”

–   Darryl Kay, chief executive officer, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation

Marianne Dandurand

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

marianne.dandurand@agr.gc.ca

343-541-9229

Mackenzie Blyth

Press Secretary

Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development

mackenzie.blyth@gov.ab.ca

780-293-1745

Canada – Canada and Alberta invest in new public transit infrastructure in Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, and Leduc

Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, the Government of Canada’s Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Ric McIver, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation and Municipal Affairs, announced funding for a transit hub and park and ride facility in Spruce Grove, as well as Smart Fare equipment in Spruce Grove, and the purchase of Smart Fare and Smart Bus technology in Fort Saskatchewan and Leduc, under the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. These projects will improve the quality and safety of the cities’ transit systems.

Spruce Grove, Alberta, August 12, 2021—Investments in local infrastructure by the governments of Canada and Alberta during this unprecedented time will help stimulate the economy and ensure long-term sustainable infrastructure while building strong and well-connected communities, as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting public transportation infrastructure will help create jobs and make our communities healthier, more inclusive and more resilient.

Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, the Government of Canada’s Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Ric McIver, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation and Municipal Affairs, announced funding for a transit hub and park and ride facility in Spruce Grove, as well as Smart Fare equipment in Spruce Grove, and the purchase of Smart Fare and Smart Bus technology in Fort Saskatchewan and Leduc, under the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. These projects will improve the quality and safety of the cities’ transit systems.

The Spruce Grove Transit Hub project will include nearly 200 park and ride stalls, 16 bike parking stalls, a heated shelter, and more. This project will result in improved access to Spruce Grove’s public transit system, and is near the first and last bus stops to and from Edmonton. Additionally, the installation of Smart Fare technology on transit buses will simply the payment of bus fares and enable seamless access across the Metro Edmonton Region.

Fort Saskatchewan and Leduc will also benefit from the installation of Smart Fare technology, as well as Smart Bus capital infrastructure. Smart Bus technology will improve operator and transit rider safety, improve scheduling, and automated vehicle monitoring. Meanwhile, Smart Fare will allow riders to load fares through credit or debit cards, which will replace printed materials. This improvement is more convenient for riders and better for the environment. The projects will improve mobility for Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, and Edmonton region residents.

Investing in public transit pays triple benefits: it creates jobs, reduces pollution, and builds more livable, inclusive communities. The Government of Canada is contributing over $650,000 to these projects, and the cities are contributing over $1.5 million to their respective projects.

“Today’s funding announcement for new public transit infrastructure in Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc is a win-win for Albertans and for the environment. By upgrading public transit fleets, we are able to make it easier and more convenient for Canadians to choose greener and healthier ways to get to where they need to go.”

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and the Government of Canada’s Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Building a new transit hub and park and ride facility in Spruce Grove will help to improve the accessibility of Spruce Grove Transit, and introducing Smart Fare technology will be an another step forward for convenience, cost-savings, and connectivity in our community and our neighbouring municipalities. This funding will support the construction of this new transit hub, as well as the purchase and installation of some of the necessary equipment to support the transition to Smart Fare. On behalf of Spruce Grove City Council, I’d like to thank the Government of Canada for this funding and their recognition of this important service and investment in our continued infrastructure growth.”

His Worship Stuart Houston, Mayor of Spruce Grove

“The Smart Fare program is an exciting milestone not only for transit users in the Edmonton region, but for the residents of Fort Saskatchewan. Making it easier to pay for transit means that our residents can travel with greater ease throughout the region, overall making it more attractive to take transit.”

Her Worship Gale Katchur, Mayor of Fort Saskatchewan

“The City of Leduc is pleased to receive funding support for the installation of Smart Bus and Smart Fare technology on Leduc Transit because it will improve our ability to provide a more modernized service and enhance our riders’ and operators’ experience.”

His Worship Bob Young, Mayor of Leduc

Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

$28.7 billion of this funding is supporting public transit projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

In Alberta, the Government of Canada has invested more than $5.1 billion in 440 infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

In February 2021, the federal government announced $14.9 billion for public transit projects over the next eight years, including $3 billion per year in permanent funding for Canadian communities beginning in 2026-27. In March 2021, the Government of Canada announced $400 million of this funding will go towards active transportation to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges.

Emelyana Titarenko

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Cell: 873-355-9576

Emelyana.Titarenko@infc.gc.ca

Canada – Canada and Alberta invest in projects to support communities and improve the quality of health care facilities

Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Prasad Panda Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced funding for infrastructure projects that will provide repairs and upgrades to health care facilities in 12 municipalities across the province.

Calgary, Alberta, May 14, 2021—The health and well-being of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Alberta. Investments in Alberta’s public infrastructure during this extraordinary time help keep people safe, while also creating jobs, supporting local businesses and economies, and making communities more sustainable and resilient.

Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Prasad Panda Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced funding for infrastructure projects that will provide repairs and upgrades to health care facilities in 12 municipalities across the province.

The funding will upgrade life safety equipment such as security systems and fire alarms in health centres, including in Brooks, Camrose and Ft. Saskatchewan. Projects in Calgary, Edmonton, Morinville and St. Albert will update, among others, ventilation, heating and cooling equipment in several hospitals and health centres, in order to protect the safety of patients, staff and visitors.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $27 million in these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program with the Alberta government providing over $6.8 million. In total, this represents a combined infrastructure investment of more than $33.8 million.

 “The Government of Canada is investing in the health and safety of Albertans, creating jobs, and supporting our economy. These projects will improve and modernize a large number of health facilities, which will promote healthier, safer environment for patients and staff across Alberta.”

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Construction on these capital maintenance and renewal projects contribute significantly to furthering Alberta’s Recovery Plan. In the immediate term, construction will support jobs for local workers and provide economics boosts to communities throughout the province. Over the long term, this work will ensure that important provincial infrastructure is maintained, benefitting Alberta taxpayers, families, and patients.”

Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure

Chantalle Aubertin

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

613-941-0660

Chantalle.Aubertin@canada.ca

Hadyn Place

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Infrastructure

780-643-6322

Hadyn.Place@gov.ab.ca

Canada – Canada and Alberta support infrastructure investments to upgrade Yellowhead Tribal College’s STEM facilities

Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure, and Dr. Diana Steinhauer, President of the Yellowhead Tribal College, announced joint funding to upgrade educational facilities at the Yellowhead Tribal College. Once the project is completed, students will benefit from a restructured classroom and laboratory, expected to increase educational attainment in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Edmonton, Treaty 6 territory, Alberta, May 7, 2021—Together, Canada, Alberta and Indigenous peoples are working in partnership to deliver infrastructure projects that meet the interests and needs of Treaty First Nations and help advance reconciliation for the benefit of current and future generations of all people in Canada.

Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure, and Dr. Diana Steinhauer, President of the Yellowhead Tribal College, announced joint funding to upgrade educational facilities at the Yellowhead Tribal College. Once the project is completed, students will benefit from a restructured classroom and laboratory, expected to increase educational attainment in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The Yellowhead Tribal College strives to achieve academic excellence and student success by providing academic programs and services founded on the worldview of the Anishinabe, Nehiyaw and Isga peoples. The project announced today will also support the College’s mandate, particularly in STEM fields, by generating interest and growth in student enrollment, notably among Indigenous students. The project includes removing walls to widen an existing classroom and laboratory, complete with electrical system and electrical connections, exhaust fans and control devices, air ducts, fume hoods, and new flooring.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $176,000 in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Yellowhead Tribal College is contributing over $43,000, and the Chemical Institute of Canada is contributing $15,000 through its Chemical Education Foundation.

“Yellowhead Tribal College integrates Indigenous People’s traditional knowledge of the land with advanced science. By investing in the College’s classroom and laboratory, we’re encouraging post-secondary education, and equipping tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and inventors to become world leaders.”

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities 

“Construction at the Yellowhead Tribal College will help protect the lives and livelihoods of Albertans by supporting good-paying jobs for Edmonton area workers, providing economic benefits throughout the local community, and ensuring students have access to the modernized facility they need to help achieve their learning and career goals.”

Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure 

“Not only does this project build on the foundation of the spirit of Treaty No. 6; it is a collaborative enterprise for the benefit of current and future students. A safe place to learn, cognitively, spiritually and physically, is created by this project. Creating change by including the First Nations’ way of knowing, it also provides opportunities to engage with Elders in a science lab.”

Chief Tony Alexis, Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation

Chantalle Aubertin

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

613-941-0660

Chantalle.Aubertin@canada.ca

Hadyn Place

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Infrastructure for Alberta

780-643-6322

Hadyn.Place@gov.ab.ca

Crystal Wood

Continuing Education Coordinator and External Liaison

Yellowhead Tribal College

587-525-6151

Crystal.Wood@ytced.ca