News Releases and Backgrounders


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Good jobs, strong energy future at Fort Hills (September 10, 2018)
The successful startup of Suncor’s Fort Hills oil sands project is a win for Alberta’s energy sector and the economy of Wood Buffalo as the province continues to create good jobs and lead the country in growth.Premier Rachel Notley and Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd joined Suncor officials, local contractors, First Nations leaders and other delegates to celebrate the grand opening of Fort Hills, a project which put 7,900 people to work at the peak of construction and is employing 1,400 people full time now that the facility is operational.

Saving time and money for Alberta’s energy industry (August 21, 2018)
A more efficient regulatory process means new oil and gas projects can begin operating faster, creating jobs and maintaining competitiveness as Alberta leads the country in growth.The new process is fairer, faster and more accessible, saving industry hundreds of millions of dollars while making the process more transparent and accessible for Albertans.To date, this approach has saved industry more than $140 million, with an expected $600 million in direct savings by 2021. In several pilots the regulatory review was cut from an estimated five years down to just 15 months.

Improving energy sector powers Alberta forward (July 11, 2018)
Alberta’s energy sector is strengthening, driven by strong drilling activity and production increases, creating good-paying jobs for Alberta families. Premier Rachel Notley and Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd have been standing up for Alberta and fighting for pipelines. Thanks to their leadership, Alberta is now closer than ever to breaking the land lock and getting top dollar for our natural resources. That strong, positive message was delivered to industry leaders during the annual Stampede Week Energy Open House.

Moving towards a more diversified energy sector (June 11, 2018)
New jobs and more private investment will be just some of the benefits of a more diversified energy sector, thanks to three new incentive programs created through the Energy Diversification Act.

Alberta supports federal pipeline purchase (May 29, 2018)
In a major step forward for Albertans and all Canadians, the Government of Canada, with support from the Government of Alberta, has purchased the Trans Mountain Pipeline and associated assets.

Trans Mountain Pipeline: Premier Notley (May 24, 2018)
Premier Rachel Notley issued a statement in response to the B.C. Supreme Court’s dismissal of legal challenges by the Squamish Nation and the City of Vancouver regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.

Trans Mountain Pipeline keeps Canada working (May 10, 2018)
Billboards are now on display across British Columbia as the Government of Alberta launches a nationwide campaign to highlight the economic, social and environmental benefits of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, see Keep Canada Working external link icon for more information.

Oil sands innovation cuts emissions, creates jobs (May 8, 2018) 
Nine Alberta oil sands technologies will receive more than $70 million through the Oil Sands Innovation Challenge to support economic growth in the oil sands sector. The funds are provided by the Alberta government through Emissions Reduction Albertaexternal link icon(ERA), an organization that accelerates the development and demonstration of innovative, emissions-reducing technologies.

Protecting Alberta jobs, cutting methane pollution (April 24, 2018) 
Alberta is protecting jobs and the economic competitiveness of its oil and gas sector as it delivers on its commitment to cut industrial methane pollution 45 per cent by 2025.

New protection for Alberta power consumers (April 19, 2018)
Proposed legislation would help stabilize electricity prices, while better protecting Albertans from incorrect power bills.

Preserving Canada’s economic prosperity (April 16, 2018)
The Alberta government has introduced new legislation that would give the province the power it needs to restrict the export of natural gas, crude oil and refined fuels across its borders.