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The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD), announced Government of Canada support to help HD-Petroleum strengthen economic opportunities in Morris and the surrounding area.
Federal funding of $479,213 is being provided through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. Under the project, HD-Petroleum will purchase a waste oil-recycling refinery and re-assemble the facility for commercial production in Manitoba.
This project will help create jobs and maintain employment in Morris and the surrounding area," said Minister Toews. "
I am pleased that our government is able to support a project that will strengthen economic opportunities while helping the environment."
The support and assistance of the Federal Government for this project since I first met with staff, up to today's announcement, has been a very welcome asset towards the success of this project," said Todd Habicht, President and General Manager of HD-Petroleum. "
The ability of HD-Petroleum to reclaim waste environmentally harmful hydrocarbons and recycle them into a made in Manitoba source of diesel fuel is great news for our environment and great news for long term job creation in the area."
The refinery will produce approximately 1.2 million litres of low sulphur diesel fuel in the first year of operation. The project will hire five new employees and provide employment to local construction operators.
A part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, CAF is a two-year, $1 billion national program that will provide an economic stimulus by supporting projects that create jobs and maintain employment in rural communities.
The fund will provide $306 million over two years to support the most affected western Canadian communities, such as those that are heavily reliant on resource-based industries, for instance forestry, mining, agriculture and fisheries, and communities that depend on the manufacturing industry. WD is delivering the fund in the four western provinces.
For more information, contact:
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 204 983-6243
President and General Manager
Telephone: 204 944-1901
WD Toll-Free Number:1-888-338-WEST (9378)
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
WD Website: www.wd-deo.gc.ca.
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