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Chemistry sector addressing plastic waste head on

As our leaders head to the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec on June 8 with the intention of proposing the “Paris Agreement for marine litter,” and as our colleagues at Plastics Europe and the American Chemistry Council propose aggressive targets to curb plastic waste, we are now at a decisive moment when it comes to public policy and the global plastics value chain.

–– Bob Masterson, CIAC's President and CEO

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Chemistry sector addressing plastic waste head on

Chemistry Sector Leads the Way in Supporting Alberta’s Economic Diversification

Chemistry industry needs federal engagement to win investment projects

A Trump presidency could mean anything but “business as usual’ for Canada’s chemistry industry

Canada Needs More Chemistry

Chemistry sector addressing plastic waste head on

As our leaders head to the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec on June 8 with the intention of proposing the “Paris Agreement for marine litter,” and as our colleagues at Plastics Europe and the American Chemistry Council propose aggressive targets to curb plastic waste, we are now at a decisive moment when it comes to public policy and the global plastics value chain.

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Chemistry Sector Leads the Way in Supporting Alberta’s Economic Diversification

After a tough few years following the global downturn in oil prices, numerous economic indicators now predict that Alberta is set to have one of the fastest growing provincial economies in Canada in 2018.

At CIAC, we are very pleased with the recent measures the provincial government has taken to help push Alberta’s economic recovery along. Their commitment to investing in the chemistry sector serves as a model for the rest of Canada and the rest of the provinces should pay close attention.

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Chemistry industry needs federal engagement to win investment projects

As the Liberal government looks to attract considerably higher rates of foreign investment into innovative sectors with high growth prospects, more attention needs to be paid to Canada’s chemistry sector. Currently, there are more than $12 billion in investments representing four global scale chemistry projects awaiting decision by year’s end that would create hundreds of jobs, drive economic growth, and help the government reach its environmental targets. But, without the direct involvement of the federal government, Canada risks losing out on these, and future, foreign investment opportunities.

Globally, chemistry is a large, fast growing industry. In Canada, it is the fourth largest manufacturing sector with over $55 billion in annual shipments.  Structured in highly efficient and consolidated clusters in areas like Sarnia, Ontario and Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, the sector adds significant value to Canada’s energy and agricultural resources

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A Trump presidency could mean anything but “business as usual’ for Canada’s chemistry industry

Since the stunning results of the U.S. election, I’ve been asked a number of times: “What affect do you think the Trump presidency will have on Canada’s chemistry industry and the broader Canadian economy?”

The easy answer, of course is that its too early to tell.  And yet, the one thing we can say with some certainty is that the “business as usual” we are accustomed to, is unlikely to prevail.

Trump’s ‘no apologies’, ‘America first’ approach that has been the hall mark of his campaign and transition has raised expectations that the tepid economic growth over much of the past decade may give way to a renewed and more robust expansion in manufacturing sectors.

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