Alberta – More than $58.7 million from the Water for Life and the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) grant programs will support 33 water infrastructure projects across the province. The projects will improve water and wastewater services and access to clean drinking water for rural communities and are expected to create 824 jobs during construction.

Additionally, the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program will provide $27.4 million in grants to rural and small urban municipalities to build and maintain local transportation infrastructure, including local roads, bridges and community airports. The funding will support 45 projects that will generate 210 new jobs.

“These projects will not only address critical local municipal infrastructure priorities but will also create good-paying construction jobs for Albertans. In the longer term, these projects will improve vital trade routes and essential water services that industry needs in order to grow in Alberta.” – Prasad Panda, Minister of Transportation

Approved projects under the Water for Life program include a raw water supply pipeline in Okotoks and Foothills County as part of the Foothills Okotoks Regional Water Project. The pipeline will provide reliable access to clean drinking water and support future growth in the region.

Approved initiatives under STIP include improvements on provincial roads and highways that Alberta’s industries rely on for access to markets and natural resources. Funded projects include improving resource roads in Cypress County and industrial access roads in High Level, replacing culverts in Parkland County and paving the runway at the Valleyview Airport.

Quick facts

Water grants
  • Budget 2022 includes $130.3 million in Water for Life funding over three years and $100.7 million in AMWWP funding over three years.
  • The 33 approved projects for 2022 will receive more than $58.7 million:
    • nine projects will receive about $36.2 million under the Water for Life program
    • 24 projects will receive about $22.5 million under the AMWWP
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STIP grants
  • Budget 2022 allocates $85 million over three years for STIP, including $25 million in new funding for 2024-25.
  • The 45 projects approved for 2022 will receive a total of $27.4 million under STIP’s four components:
    • Local Road Bridge Program – 33 projects receiving about $14.8 million in provincial funding. The contribution breakdown for this program is 75 per cent provincial and 25 per cent municipal funding.
    • Resource Road Program – four projects receiving about $4.7 million in provincial funding. This program provides 50 per cent provincial and 50 per cent municipal funding, to a maximum provincial grant amount of $3 million per project. Municipalities are encouraged to acquire 25 per cent of their contribution from the private sector that will benefit from the project.
    • Local Municipal Initiatives – four projects receiving $5.3 million in provincial funding. The provincial/municipal contribution percentages vary based on project scoring.
    • Community Airport Program – four projects receiving $2.6 million in provincial funding. The contribution breakdown for this program is 75 per cent provincial and 25 per cent municipal funding.

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