Source: Government of Canada – MIL OSI National News
Queens County facility will get certification for its organically grown medical cannabis products and create more jobs
September 5, 2019 – Brooklyn, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
The jobs of the future depend on Canadians’ ability to continue to adapt, innovate and maintain a competitive edge in the fast-paced and increasingly global economy. That is why the Government of Canada is helping licensed medical cannabis producer Aqualitas Inc. expand its operations in rural Nova Scotia. This will enable the firm to grow, create more highly skilled jobs and help build a sustainable economy in Atlantic Canada.
Aqualitas is building an 8,500 square-foot addition to its production facility at the former Bowater Mersey site and buying specialized equipment to meet Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification standards. Once certified, Aqualitas will be able to participate in pharmaceutical drug development manufacturing and export its medical products internationally. The woman-led startup, which has grown from 10 employees to nearly 80 in the past 18 months, expects to employ more than 100 people within the next year.
Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margarets, announced support for Aqualitas on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The Government of Canada is making smart investments that will create good, highly skilled jobs in our country. It is helping small and medium-sized businesses to start-up, expand or modernize and supporting not-for-profit industry organizations to fuel business growth. Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is working to achieve its Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region.