Canada and Alberta investing in local infrastructure
Investing in local infrastructure ensures Canadians have safe water and wastewater treatment systems that they can rely on. It also supports efficient, affordable and sustainable public transit systems to get to work, school and public services on time and back home safely.
Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, announced that three transit infrastructure projects will be getting under way in Calgary thanks to the signing of an agreement with the Province of Alberta that will make more than $1.08 billion in funding available under two new federal programs – the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
The federal government is providing up to 50 percent of funding – just over $543 million – for projects supported through these programs and the provincial government and municipalities will provide the balance of funding.
Also announced today was an initial list of approved projects in Alberta, including important investments in three major projects in Calgary: an $85-million expansion of the Southeast Bus Rapid Transitway, funding for light rail vehicles, and the refurbishment of several transit stations. More funding for Calgary transit projects will be announced in the coming weeks.
Seventeen water and wastewater projects across the province were also announced.
For example, a regional water supply system extension in Beaver Mines Regional Water Supply in the MD of Pincher Creek and County of Forty Mile will give residents access to clean and reliable drinking water, supporting future growth and quality of life, and better protecting the local environment. ■