May 26, 2014 – For more than three decades, the Northeast Capital Industrial Association (NCIA) and its members have been making valuable contributions to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

In 2013, NCIA members collectively paid more than $83,591,000 in taxes to local municipalities. These funds help to ensure the smooth running of surrounding communities and provide crucial support for education, safety, health and wellbeing initiatives that greatly improved quality of life.

“We have been actively involved in the area for some time and are delighted to see the benefits of our collective efforts,” says NCIA Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Danielson. “Be it municipal tax contributions, purchase of goods and services, job creation or future infrastructure plans, our members are playing a key role in the Heartland’s success.”

Recognized as Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region, the Heartland is home to more than 40 chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas companies. This unique area is thriving and promises to deliver even more in the future.

Industrial investment in manufacturing plants and infrastructure in the region now exceeds $25 billion and in the next 10-15 years, an additional $18 to $24 billion in investment is expected.

“Industry is also an important source of employment, providing various direct and indirect opportunities,” says Danielson. “NCIA partners employ approximately 6,100 skilled workers in permanent and long-term contracts and our ongoing presence has resulted in the creation of an additional 24,000 indirect jobs in the area.”

In addition to jobs, NCIA members are also boosting the local economy with spending. Every year, members spend more than $1 billion on goods and services, a figure that increases significantly when you factor in utilities and feedstock expenditures for operations.

“Our member companies are industry leaders who understand what it means to be a part of this special community,” explains Danielson. “We don’t just work here, we are fortunate to live here too.”

The not-for-profit cooperative, representing industry operating in the City of Fort Saskatchewan and Strathcona, Sturgeon and Lamont Counties, has been working together with industrial organizations, neighbours, government representatives and industry stakeholders to support and advance sustainable growth and environmental stewardship in the region. NCIA is proud to be the voice of industry in Alberta’s Heartland.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Laurie Danielson
Executive Director
Northeast Capital Industrial Association
(780) 992-1463
ncia@telusplanet.net