Alberta announces $118 million towards irrigation infrastructure

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Building on last fall’s $815-million investment, the government of Alberta — leveraging from the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) — is investing another $117.7 million to modernize irrigation infrastructure and increase water storage in southern Alberta.

The funding has the potential to create 7,300 permanent jobs and 1,400 construction jobs, while contributing up to $477 million to the province’s GDP ever year.

The irrigation districts participating in the funding are:

  • Bow River Irrigation District
  • Eastern Irrigation District
  • Leavitt Irrigation District
  • Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District
  • Raymond Irrigation District
  • Ross Creek Irrigation District
  • St. Mary River Irrigation District
  • Taber Irrigation District
  • United Irrigation District
  • Western Irrigation District

Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Economic Development, says the investment will only help grow Alberta’s agriculture sector.

“This is a momentous point in history for Alberta’s agriculture industry, with nearly a billion dollars invested in our farmers, processors and the communities they support. This investment will allow them to make even more high-quality, safe food to help feed the world.” Minister Horner says.

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