Backgrounder: Canada and Alberta invest in infrastructure projects in Central Alberta to strengthen the economy and build resilient communities


Backgrounder: Canada and Alberta invest in infrastructure projects in Central Alberta to strengthen the economy and build resilient communities

Joint federal, provincial, and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada plan will support 20 infrastructure projects in Central Alberta. These investments will create jobs, grow the economy, and support healthier and more sustainable communities.

The Government of Canada is investing over $82.3 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS), the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), and the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) of the Investing in Canada plan, while the Government of Alberta is contributing more than $69.7 million.

Project Information:


Project Name

Project Details

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Municipal / Other Funding


Sewage Lagoon Rehabilitation

Design and rehabilitation of sewage lagoon.




Bowden; Innisfail; Olds; Penhold; Red Deer

South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission Emergency Equalization and Storage Ponds

Development of two emergency storage equalization ponds at the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission regional lift station facilities in Bowden and Innisfail.





New Recreation Complex

Renovation and expansion of the existing arena and pool facilities to create a unified 1078 m² multi-use recreation complex.




Drayton Valley

Sewage Lagoon (Cell No. 6) Replacement Project

Relocation of Cell 6 lagoon due to instability of its south bank.




Drayton Valley

Net Zero Aquatic Facility

Design and construction of a 27,000-square-foot aquatic facility to replace an existing pool facility. It includes an eight-lane pool, a 25-metre lap pool, a leisure pool, a lazy river, a steam room, a hot tub, change rooms, a multi-purpose room, and support spaces. The facility will optimize green technology to reach a net zero energy balance by recovering waste heat from a nearby hockey arena (the Omniplex) to serve as the source for the facility's heat pump loop.





Water Pump House and Reservoir Upgrades

Upgrades to the Eckville water pump house, including upgraded fire protection, metering, treatment equipment, an alarm system, and a bulk water facility.





Knottwood Community League Centre

Expansion and renovations to the community centre which includes a multipurpose space, washroom facilities,  a kitchen, roof replacement, building code compliant conditions, exterior trash and recyclable enclosures, and building and parking barrier-free accessibility, and perimeter walls.





Ridge Community League Skating Rink and New Community Hall

Construction of an outdoor skating rink, community league hall, and paved parking lot. The rink will include boards, player's boxes, access gates, and lighting poles. The hall will include a small league office, non-commercial kitchen, utility room, accessible washrooms, skate change room, multi-use room, storage room, Zamboni room, and outdoor security lighting.




Edson; Yellowhead County

Recreational Multi-Use Facility

Construction of a new multi-use recreational facility; including two ice arenas, two pools, four sheets of curling; one multi-purpose gymnasium; one walking track; one fitness gym; and spaces for community programming.




Fort Saskatchewan

Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission — Waste Gas Burner Facility Upgrade

Construction of new waste gas burner facility which disposes of excess biogas and is in turn used in boilers to heat the facility.





Recreation Facilities Renovation and Upgrade

Rehabilitation of five facilities connected to the recreation centre including the pool, an arena, a curling rink, and activity centre to improve community access to the recreation infrastructure.




Lac Ste. Anne County

Darwell Wastewater Transition Line Phase B

Installation of a wastewater lift station and transmission line from the Darwell Lagoon (which has reached capacity) to the TriVillage lagoon.





Agriplex Upgrade

Replacement and renewal of the existing Agriplex recreational centre to allow continued delivery of recreation services and opportunities for the town and surrounding county residents.




Red Deer

G.H. Dawe Community Centre Expansion

Expansion to the existing community centre by approximately 7,200 m2 to increase the south ice rink surface to regulation NHL standard size and add barrier-free access seating. Works will also include modifying the north ice rink to permit a barrier free ice surface to enable use for sledge hockey; enhancing seating for patrons with accessible needs; upgrades to change rooms; addition of a universal change room; modernization of ice plant and related infrastructure for efficiency; construction of new spray park, additional parking, and new public transit shelter; as well as space for a second floor running track, exercise studios and flex space.




Red Deer County

Springbrook Water Reservoir and Treatment Plant Replacement

Replacement of the existing water treatment plant and three reservoirs. The new plant and expanded 2,000-m2 reservoir will operate next to an existing reservoir and the chlorine injection building, which will remain in operation.




Rochon Sands

Shirley McClellan Regional Water Services Commission — SMRWSC Regional Water Extension to Rochon Sands

Extension of water servicing by approximately 7 km from White Sands to Rochon Sands, including the construction of a water metering station at Rochon Sands, to service the community and adjacent residential and agricultural needs;




Rocky Mountain House

Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility

Design and construction of a new mechanical wastewater treatment facility, and the decommissioning and repurposing of old lagoons into emergency and treated effluent storage.




Sylvan Lake

Regional Wastewater System — Completion of North Shore Line (Stage 4 Systems)

Installation of a wastewater line extension and lift station in conjunction with the Summer Village of Sunbreaker Cove's pressure sewage collection system to service an estimated 2,650 people.





Lagoon Expansion

Expansion of existing lagoon including the creation of a new storage cell and facultative cell, replacement of barbed wire fencing, stripping and placement of loam; construction of compacted berms and new liner, and installation of cell control/piping, which will serve a population of 2,500 people;.





Stormwater Management Facilities Upgrading

Construction of a 3-hectares naturalized storm water management and upgrade to the main drainage channel.




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