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Feds contribute $40 million to steel production upgrades

JOC News Service
Feds contribute $40 million to steel production upgrades
PROVINCE OF ALBERTA FLICKR — Crews work on a pipeline for Enbridge in Alberta. Ottawa announced it would contribute $40 million to upgrade EVRAZ North America’s steel production facilities in Western Canada. The company produces products for construction in the oil and gas industry.

REGINA — The federal government announced it will chip in $40 million for upgrades to EVRAZ North America Inc.’s steel production facilities in Western Canada.

The project cost totals $112.6-million and is expected to create 35 new jobs as well as maintain more than 2,100 others in Regina and Red Deer, Alta.

According to government officials, the upgrades will help increase the company’s competitiveness in serving the oil country tubular goods (OCTG) market while decreasing emissions and the overall carbon footprint of Canadian steel.

The company will be able to make value added OCTG products to meet domestic demand at a competitive price, the release noted. Officials stated this is important for firms like EVRAZ as they are facing shortages because of U.S. tariffs.

“Canadian steel producers and workers form the economic backbone of communities across our country,” said Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains in a press release. “In the face of unfair and unjust U.S. tariffs, our government is keeping its promise to support Canada’s steel producers and their thousands of workers. This investment will support 2,100 jobs at EVRAZ and help it upgrade its facilities to become more competitive and expand its market reach.”

EVRAZ North America is the biggest steel producer in Western Canada. It constructs steel plate and coil, small- and large-diameter pipe, and oil and gas well tubing.

The steel industry in Canada employed more than 23,000 people and generated $4.2 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product.

The funding is being distributed through the Strategic Innovation Fund, a program designed to attract and support high-quality business investments across all sectors of the economy.

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