More jobs could be coming to the heartland.
Alberta's new Energy Diversification Act program will allow the province to invest up to $2 billion in the energy sector.
"We see the really great sustainable and competitive jobs that come out of petrochemical diversification, especially in our area because we are the home of Alberta's industrial heartland," said Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood.
Locally, some of these projects could include petrochemicals, petrochemical feedstocks and bitumen partial upgrading.
"The raw materials are ours and we should be able to add as much value before it leaves Alberta as we can so we can create those jobs and the economic activity," added Littlewood.
In 2016, the first round of the program helped fund projects like Inter Pipeline’s complex near the Fort.
The government expects the second round initiatives to support over 8,000 jobs.
Private industry can apply for the Partial Upgrading Program until September 4 and for the Petrochemicals Diversification Program and Petrochemicals Feedstock Infrastructure Program until Oct. 1.
Successful applicants will be chosen in late 2018.