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Trudeau government to spend $9.1M on Alberta infrastructure

UCP government to spend $0.

Last week, the Canadian government announced that they’d be spending over $9 million on 12 infrastructure projects within Alberta.

The 12 projects will be in 4 municipalities, which will be collectively contributing nearly $2.3 million in funding.

The provincial government, on the other hand, will be contributing $0. Despite not financing any portion of these projects, Prasad Panda, Alberta’s minister of infrastructure, was named and quoted in the media release:

Getting construction started and completed on these infrastructure projects will help ensure these Alberta communities remain vibrant and viable particularly important in light of challenges brought on by the pandemic. These projects are helping to protect the lives and livelihoods of Albertans by promoting healthy economic activity throughout the areas and supporting good-paying jobs for local workers.

Over half of the federal funding ($4.96 million) will go to 7 projects in Grande Prairie, which has committed an additional $1.24 million towards the projects.

The next largest recipient—in both funding dollars and number of projects—is Red Deer, who will receive over $3 million for 3 projects. They plan to kick in over $750,000 themselves.

Lethbridge and Leduc round out the funding with 1 project each, the former receiving $960,000 and the latter $200,000. They will be contributing $240,000 and $50,000 of their own funds, respectively, towards these two projects.

The federal funding is made possible through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

According to the announcement, the federal government has invested over $5 billion in over 400 investment projects within Alberta since the 12-year infrastructure programme was announced in 2016.

Here’s a list of the projects the funding will pay for.

LocationProject nameFederalProvincialMunicipal
Grande PrairieNorth Bike Park$240,000$0$60,000
Grande PrairieEmergency Response and Activity Centre$3,200,000$0$800,000
Grande PrairieHillside paths and trees$194,021$0$52,179
Grande PrairieMaskwôtêh Bridge$176,000$0$44,000
Grande PrairiePlayground upgrades and surfacing$240,000$0$60,000
Grande PrairieTrail resurfacing and missing links$800,000$0$200,000
Grande PrairieTree replacements$108,160$0$27,040
LeducRecreational Centre Performance Arena – Plant ice chiller$200,000$0$50,000
LethbridgeLabor Club ice plant replacement$960,000$0$240,000
Red DeerTrail overlays 2021$197,234$0$49,309
Red DeerRoad/sidewalk rehab/pedestrian connections/mobility program$2,618,560$0$654,640
Red DeerRed Deer 2021 asphalt sidewalk repairs$188,232$0$47,058

By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 4 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on political news, social issues, and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him, and I’m queer.

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