More than $38.5 million in federal-provincial funding for two dozen new infrastructure projects across Alberta.
Of the $38.5 million, Red Deer will receive over $22.2 million in federal funding which will improve the City’s flood prevention infrastructure, modernize the fire training facility, renovate the Cultural Services Centre, and more. These projects will help the City adapt to the effects of climate change, increase emergency services training, and support cultural and artistic projects.
“This influx of federal funding into our community will assist us in our efforts to stabilize our local economy and will help improve quality of life and infrastructure maintenance in our community and province,” said Tara Veer, mayor of Red Deer. “It will strengthen and stimulate our local economic recovery and position us for a return to growth at a time when it is most needed. Thank you to the federal government for investing in our community, and communities across Alberta.”
Projects in Wood Buffalo will support active transportation and healthy lifestyles through the building of a park, multi-use pathways, and trail improvements. Additional projects in Grande Prairie, Hinton, Leduc, Medicine Hat, and St. Albert will also benefit from this funding.
“Taxpayers are spending on priority infrastructure projects that will help relaunch Alberta’s economy,” said Prasad Panda, Alberta’s minister of infrastructure. “These projects will get Albertans working in the short term, while ensuring the province has the vital infrastructure necessary for years to come.”
Capital maintenance and renewal facility upgrades valued at more than $4.45 million will improve the Lougheed House, the South Health Campus, and the Remand Centre—all located in Calgary—as well as the Alberta Hospital in Edmonton and the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $37.6 million in these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Federal funding is conditional on fully satisfying environmental assessment requirements and consultations with Indigenous groups. The Government of Alberta is investing over $891,000. Municipalities are contributing a total of $8.5 to these projects.