According to the announcements, the two initiatives would collectively support about 4,000 jobs.
$12 million in research funding sounds like a good thing, but context is always important.
Coincidentally, the government has reduced Agriculture & Forestry salaries by nearly $100 million over the last 5 years.
The 3 recent announcements come as the ministry tries to find ways to cut $140M and 277 jobs this year.
For nearly the entire time he’s been in office, Jason Kenney has insisted that the federal government hasn’t done enough to help Alberta.
The federal government, in contrast, will be contributing 41%.
Yesterday, the Alberta government announced that they will be providing $2.1 million through Alberta Innovates to fund technology projects to help fight COVID-19.
The provincial government allocates $6.9 million.
The money will help the 3 Calgary-based companies develop technologies in wastewater filtration, well drilling, and well sensing.
Last week, the federal government announced that they’d be sending nearly $2.7 million to Alberta for the Food Processing Development Centre.