Algoma Steel lands $150M in federal, provincial funding: Plans include plant modernization, new hires.


The Algoma Steel plant in Sault Ste. Marie will receive $150 million in combined federal and provincial funding to help the steelmaker get back on its feet following an extended period under creditor protection.

The two governments made a joint announcement during a visit to the facility on Jan. 10.

Of the $90 million in federal money, $60 j million will come from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), and $30 million will come from Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada's Strategic Innovation Fund.

"In these challenging times for Algoma, and in the face of unfair and unjust tariffs, we are committed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our hardworking steel and aluminum workers, their families and their communities," Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said in a news release.

"Our investment will help Algoma innovate, strengthen the competitiveness of Sault Ste. Marie's steel plant, and support good, middle-class jobs for Canadians."

An additional $60 million from the province will come in the form of a repayable loan. The province said it had also negotiated an agreement requiring the new owners to "identify and address past environmental contamination of the Sault Ste. Marie mill site."

"Our government is committed to ensuring Algoma Steel remains competitive and sustainable in a tough market," Northern Development and Mines Minister Greg Rickford said in a Jan. 10 news release.

"The investment announced today secures thousands of jobs and pensions and signals Northern Ontario is open for business."

The funding will be used to maintain 3,000 Sault jobs and create 50 new ones, as part of a $600-million capital upgrade program that includes adopting new technologies...

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