The Alberta government is awarding more than $32 million in funding support for Dow Canada's expansion of its Fort Saskatchewan facility.

The expansion project has already been completed, costing around $300 million and supporting over 2,000 construction jobs for the past two years.

This expansion allows for an additional 130,000 tons of ethylene production per year, which helps increase demand for natural gas.

“We’re proud to be taking the next step in our journey to expand our footprint in Alberta," said Diego Ordoñez, president of Dow Canada. "The Industrial Heartland region presents an enormous opportunity for us to develop an environmentally sustainable, low-carbon future for the plastics that support day-to-day life around the world.”

Alberta’s chemicals sector, comprised predominantly of petrochemicals, was valued at $15.9 billion and employed about 35,605 people directly and indirectly in the province in 2021.

Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program (APIP) provides financial support for large-scale petrochemical investments. Through APIP, the project will receive $32.5 million over three years, with the first grant being paid out in the near future.