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Creating New Jobs in Ontario’s Chemical Manufacturing Sector 

Ontario is partnering with NOVA Chemicals to create 145 new jobs in the Sarnia-Lambton region and 1,400 direct and indirect jobs in the province over 10 years.

The partnership will bring new innovation capacity to the province and will help NOVA Chemicals build a new polyethylene facility in the Sarnia-Lambton region, expand its existing ethylene manufacturing plant to supply the new facility, and strengthen NOVA Chemicals’ Research & Development (R&D) capabilities. As one of North America’s largest producers of polyethylene, NOVA Chemicals plans to invest over $2 billion to enhance its industry-leading manufacturing technology in Ontario to improve product performance and increase energy efficiency. 

The project will also provide a boost to regional construction, manufacturing and industrial services, and will help make the Sarnia-Lambton region a global chemical manufacturing powerhouse. The province is committed to protecting the environment and the safety of all workers, and will ensure that NOVA is in compliance with applicable regulations before providing funding to the company.

Supporting the chemical industry in the Sarnia-Lambton region is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

“This strategic investment is a vote of confidence in Ontario’s economy and a crucial step forward for the Sarnia-Lambton region’s globally competitive chemical cluster. The project will create jobs, drive R&D collaboration and provide long-term benefits not just for the region but for all of Ontario.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Growth

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