Aurora Cannabis pauses operations at Medicine Hat facility ‘indefinitely’

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Aurora Cannabis is pausing operations at its Medicine Hat facility “indefinitely.”

In a statement emailed to Postmedia, the Edmonton-based cannabis producer said it is making the move “in response to recent shifts in the industry and our strategic imperatives.”

About 30 staff will be impacted by the facility’s closure, Aurora said in an email to Postmedia.

Aurora Sun, located in Medicine Hat, was planned to be a large-scale cannabis growing facility, with 850,000 square feet “of flowering space.” When Aurora announced the facility in 2018, the firm said it would add 450 full-time jobs to the local economy.

The facility was only built out to just over a quarter of that growing space when construction was halted partway through in 2019, after Aurora failed to meet revenue projections.

In February, Aurora laid off 500 workers and CEO Terry Booth stepped down. The company made a second round of cuts in June, including 25 per cent of general and administrative staff and 30 per cent of its production staff.

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