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Trudeau govt pledges half a billion dollars for Alberta communities

The feds are increasing annual funding by $10 million over last year, plus they’re including $243 million in one-time top-up funding.

Last month, the Alberta government uploaded the 2021 allocations from the federal Canada Community-Building Fund.

The fund, previously known as the Gas Tax Fund, provides grants grants to capital-related projects that meet programme eligibility criteria.

The federal government plans to provide over $254 million in total CCBF funding to Alberta communities during the 2021–2022 budget year. In addition, they have promised over $243 million in one-time top-up funding, for a combined amount of just shy of half a billion dollars.

Because these grants are awarded on a per-capita basis, naturally Calgary and Edmonton have been allocated the largest amounts.

CCBFTop-upTotal
Calgary$76,983,610$73,558,625$150,542,235
Edmonton$58,213,111$55,623,221$113,836,332

Four communities will see over $10 million in combined CCBF and top-up funding.

CCBFTop-upTotal
RM of Wood Buffalo$6,687,404$6,389,882$13,077,286
Lethbridge$6,076,366$5,806,030$11,882,396
Red Deer$6,047,625$5,778,568$11,826,193
Strathcona County$5,890,690$5,628,614$11,519,304

20 communities will receive at least $1 million each for both CCBF and top-up funding.

CCBFTop-upTotal
Airdrie$4,225,111$4,037,136$8,262,247
Grande Prairie$4,136,733$3,952,691$8,089,424
St. Albert$3,956,745$3,780,710$7,737,455
Medicine Hat$3,787,774$3,619,257$7,407,031
Rocky View County$2,359,545$2,254,569$4,614,114
Spruce Grove$2,141,536$2,046,259$4,187,795
Leduc$1,977,834$1,889,840$3,867,674
Parkland County$1,971,849$1,886,347$3,858,196
Cochrane$1,752,998$1,675,008$3,428,006
Okotoks$1,736,532$1,659,274$3,395,806
Fort Saskatchewan$1,613,187$1,541,417$3,154,604
County of Grande Prairie$1,397,336$1,337,394$2,734,730
Foothills County$1,363,144$1,302,498$2,665,642
Chestermere$1,241,355$1,186,128$2,427,483
Sturgeon County$1,227,823$1,173,198$2,401,021
Lloydminster$1,176,270$1,123,938$2,300,208
Red Deer County$1,170,043$1,117,988$2,288,031
Beaumont$1,151,780$1,100,538$2,252,318
Camrose$1,122,202$1,072,275$2,194,477
Stony Plain$1,068,313$1,020,784$2,089,097

And 31 communities will receive at least $1 million combined funding.

CCBFTop-upTotal
Cold Lake$895,809$855,955$1,751,764
Sylvan Lake$887,127$847,659$1,734,786
Brooks$865,272$826,777$1,692,049
High River$841,382$803,949$1,645,331
Canmore$837,789$800,516$1,638,305
Lacombe$837,370$800,116$1,637,486
Leduc County$825,095$788,387$1,613,482
MD of Bonnyville$814,022$780,030$1,594,052
Strathmore$810,007$773,969$1,583,976
Mountain View County$782,823$747,995$1,530,818
Wetaskiwin$757,735$724,023$1,481,758
MacKenzie County$749,172$715,842$1,465,014
Clearwater County$715,342$683,517$1,398,859
County of WETASKIWIN$669,477$639,692$1,309,169
Yellowhead County$658,340$629,050$1,287,390
Lac Ste. Anne County$652,592$623,558$1,276,150
Lethbridge County$619,899$592,320$1,212,219
Lacombe County$619,301$591,748$1,211,049
Whitecourt$610,978$583,795$1,194,773
Blackfalds$606,247$579,276$1,185,523
Morinville$592,356$566,002$1,158,358
Hinton$591,698$565,373$1,157,071
Ponoka County$587,147$561,025$1,148,172
Lac La Biche County$576,968$551,299$1,128,267
MD of Greenview$575,710$550,098$1,125,808
Camrose County$556,434$533,903$1,090,337
Olds$549,904$525,439$1,075,343
County of Vermilion River$544,997$522,975$1,067,972
Banff$531,402$507,760$1,039,162
Wheatland County$526,193$502,783$1,028,976
Coaldale$520,385$497,233$1,017,618

All remaining communities have been allocated at least $50,000, except for summer villages, which can get at least $5,000. In fact, roughly 100 communities are on the list for the bare minimum of $50,000. Like I said, amounts depend on population size, and 138 communities qualify for between $50,000 and just under $1 million.

These allocated amounts have yet to be assigned to specific projects, but communities will be able to apply for funding for such things as drinking water infrastructure, local roads, fire departments, and regional airports.

All awarded funding is given to the provincial governments, which then distribute the monies to the communities.

Last year, the federal government had allocated roughly $244 million to Alberta communities. In the 2019–2020 budget year, communities throughout the province received $473.5 million, including a one-time top-up.

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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