GoodLeaf Farms is expanding its operations to Calgary thanks to a boost from the Alberta government’s Investment and Growth Fund (IGF). The fund helps well-established companies make high-impact investments that create jobs, showcasing Alberta as a location of choice for new business.
The company’s new 74,000-square-foot indoor vertical farm will create 70 jobs and supply major metro areas in Alberta, British Columbia, and the Prairies with fresh, local, ready-to-eat varieties of leafy greens.
Fully grown Spicy Mustard plants await packaging at GoodLeaf Farms. Photo by Glenn Lowson Photo/National Post
GoodLeaf’s farm is being assisted with a $2.7 million incentive from the Alberta Investment Growth Fund and is the first project to receive funding from the program.
“I’d like to welcome GoodLeaf Farms to Alberta, where it will benefit from our low corporate tax regime, well-educated and skilled workforce, and excellent infrastructure. The Investment and Growth Fund shows serious investors that investment attraction, and in particular high-impact investments that create meaningful jobs, is a high priority for our province,” said Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.
L-R, Rick Christiaanse, chief executive officer, Invest Alberta, Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Jeff McKinnon, senior vice-president of network development, GoodLeaf Farms and Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development. Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia
"GoodLeaf is working to be a global leader in indoor vertical farming, and our first step to achieving that is ensuring we have a strong footprint in Canada. In Calgary, we have a location that is on a main corridor and is a central access point to Western Canada, ideally positioned to provide fresh, Canadian-grown leafy greens to grocery stores and food service networks between the Prairies and Pacific year-round,” said Jeff McKinnon, Senior Vice President, Network Development, GoodLeaf Farms.
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