April 17, 2018
Aurora Cannabis is building a 1.2 million square foot cannabis operation in Medicine Hat. “Aurora Sun” will be constructed on approximately 71 acres of land that the company is acquiring in Medicine Hat’s Box Springs Business Park.
“We had a very thorough analysis of municipalities across Canada and in Europe to determine where to build Aurora Sun,” said Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora, at the announcement at Medicine Hat city hall. “This city has an amazing amount of sun and a progressive mayor and council. It’s a great place to build greenhouses.”
The high-technology hybrid greenhouse cannabis production facility will house all operations from seed to sale, supplying over 150,000 kilograms of cannabis to domestic and international markets annually.
Aurora Sun will be built in compliance with European Union Good Manufacturing Practices standards, ensuring product from the facility can be exported anywhere in the world where cannabis is nationally legal.
The facility will use advanced technologies to automate plant and bench movement, minimize plant contamination, and ultimately increase yield.
Once fully operational, Aurora Sun is expected to employ approximately 450 people. Annual operations will have a projected gross output impact of $46.6 million and a gross domestic product impact of $17 million.
Aurora cited the City of Medicine Hat’s low-cost electricity, business friendly attitude, and location in Western Canada’s sunbelt as the city’s most attractive features.
“With Aurora, we look forward to welcoming a growing international company committed to creating significant employment in our city,” says Mayor Ted Clugston. “Medicine Hat’s stable and reliable cost competitive electricity and business friendly environment are attracting high technology operations, such as Aurora Sun.”
It’s expected that Aurora Sun will begin producing cannabis in the first half of 2019.
“We are grateful to the City of Medicine Hat, which has proven to be a very agile, capable and pro-active partner in making this project possible,” added Mr. Booth. “ We look forward to establishing ourselves both as an important local investor and employer, with more than 450 full time jobs anticipated, and a significant impact on the local economy for years to come.”