Job growth skyrockets locally as marijuana industry ramps up

March 21, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ News

By the end of 2019, the company expects to have over one million square feet of growing space and a workforce of 400 people, producing 100,000 kg of marijuana annually.

“In 2014, we had zero (jobs),” said Cole Cacciavillani, founder and vice-president of growing operations for Aphria. “We have 184 employees from top down as of today.”

As the federal government continues to licence medical marijuana producers and readies the country for the legalization of recreational use, new jobs are being created every day.

“It’s a new industry and we are certainly excited about the additional jobs and wealth it will bring to the region,” said Matt Marchand, CEO of the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce.

Along with the growth of production-related jobs, other jobs will be created through a “distribution component,” he said.

“Right now, we are at ground zero in the industry, but we see this as a great opportunity to bring new wealth and jobs into the region,” Marchand said.

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