Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from a meeting with a formal commitment to fast-track $700 million in previously committed federal infrastructure money to the struggling province.
The money was allocated by the previous Conservative government in 2014 and the new Liberal government had previously indicated that it had hoped to get it out the door more quickly.
There were no specifics on what projects the money might go toward, but Notley says she expects to see it start flowing in a matter of weeks and months.
Notley says she also pushed Trudeau to make changes to Employment Insurance that will broaden access for laid-off energy workers.
Trudeau didn’t make any commitments around EI, but noted that his party campaigned on easing access to the program in times of need.
After meeting with Notley in Edmonton, Trudeau heads to Calgary on Thursday to meet with leaders in the energy industry.