Calgary, Alberta, June 2, 2021—The health and well-being of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Alberta. Investments in Alberta’s public infrastructure during this extraordinary time help keep people safe, while also creating jobs, supporting local businesses and economies, and making communities more sustainable and resilient.
Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced funding for 362 infrastructure projects that will repair and upgrade housing for seniors and families with low income in 95 communities across the province. They were accompanied at the announcement by the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors; The Honourable Josephine Pon, Alberta’s Minister of Seniors; and Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary.
For example, in Calgary and Edmonton, the funding will help improve the facilities’ ventilation, air conditioning and heating systems, and upgrade security and fire systems, among other projects. Other communities across the province, including Fort Chipewyan, Hinton, Okotoks, Spruce Grove, Olds and Wetaskiwin, will also benefit from accessibility upgrades, updates to nurse call systems, and roof replacements in order to protect the safety of residents, staff and visitors.
The Government of Canada is investing nearly $25.6 million in these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program with the Alberta government providing nearly $6.4 million. In total, this represents a combined infrastructure investment of more than $31.9 million.