Canada and Alberta invest in projects to support communities and improve the quality and sustainability of public facilities
Edmonton, Alberta, March 16, 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 create jobs, support local businesses and economies, and make communities more sustainable and resilient.
Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Ric McIver, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation and Municipal Affairs, announced funding for 61 infrastructure projects that will create and maintain active transportation infrastructure as well as provide repairs and upgrades to recreation and community centres, municipal buildings, and health care facilities across the province.
These projects will provide communities with safe, comfortable and sustainable public infrastructure, and increase active transportation options, while supporting economic recovery in the region by providing jobs and business opportunities to communities in Alberta.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $73 million in these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. Contributions by recipients toward their respective projects are more than $18 million. In total, this represents a combined infrastructure investment of more than $91 million.
“The Government of Canada is taking decisive actions to help create jobs and support our economy. These projects across Alberta will improve and modernize a large number of municipal, health, and recreational facilities, making them more sustainable in the long run and also bringing benefits to many people in the community. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Alberta’s communities told us they needed help to build needed infrastructure and create jobs at the depth of the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding will help complete crucial repairs and upgrades to public facilities, supporting dozens of good-paying construction-related jobs for Albertans and keeping us on the road to economic recovery.”
Ric McIver, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation and Municipal Affairs
Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
To support Canadians and communities during the current pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories. Under the COVID-19 Resilience Stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is 80 per cent in the provinces, and 100 per cent in the Territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.
Since 2015, the federal government has approved over 1740 infrastructure projects, totaling over $1.1 billion in federal investments in rural Alberta communities.
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