A major oil and gas company in Alberta has been awarded $1 million in funding from the federal government to upgrade its waste management systems.

Alberta Energy received the funding from Environment Canada in July.

Alberta’s environment minister said the federal funding was a welcome sign of confidence from Ottawa that Alberta is ready to lead in waste management.

“The announcement of this funding will support our industry in developing and improving waste management capabilities in our province,” said Alberta Environment Minister Heather Stefanson.

“We are excited to continue working with the province to provide the best environment for our province’s environment.”

Alberta is not the only province that has received funding to upgrade waste management in the past year.

Quebec received $600,000 from Environment Minister Pauline Marois in November.

Ontario received $800,000 in January from Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.

Manitoba received $300,000 to upgrade and expand its wastewater treatment plant in September.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a trade group representing the nation’s oil and natural gas producers, said it was a “huge investment” and “an exciting opportunity” for the province.