Funding Calgary’s Infrastructure – Finally!
With the previous federal government, Calgary never received its fair share of infrastructure funding. Our government is different. We said we’d invest in Alberta – and we’re investing in a big way.
- From 2012 to 2014: 11 projects funded in Alberta by Infrastructure Canada
- From late 2015 to 2017: 200 projects funded in Alberta by Infrastructure Canada
Alberta is now receiving $3.4 billion for important, badly-needed projects that will benefit communities for many years to come. Plus, by #BuildingOurCommunities, we’re creating jobs. Below are just a few of the ways we’re investing record-breaking amounts into Calgary.
Green Line LRT
$1.53 BILLION in the new Green Line LRT. It’s the largest-ever federal investment in an infrastructure project in Alberta. Expected to be ready for use in 2026, phase 1 of this c-train line will run from 16 Avenue North to 126 Avenue SE. It will go through the communities of Inglewood, Victoria Park, East Village and Downtown.
OTHER PUBLIC TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION
$402 million for other transportation infrastructure:
• 17 Avenue S.E. Bus Rapid Transit project ($43 million)
• Other LRT and bus improvements ($26 million)
• Southwest ring road, called the Tsuut’ina Trail ($333 million)
I’m incredibly proud of our new National Housing Strategy. It’s a game-changer, investing $40 billion to drastically improve access to affordable housing. Details on Calgary-specific investments will come as we move forward. The Strategy includes a National Housing Co-Investment Fund, which housing providers can apply for now. Projects should include multiple partners and help people in greatest need.
Arts and Culture Spaces
$13 million in Calgary Centre to build or upgrade performance and rehearsal spaces, and buy new equipment. Recipients include the National Music Centre, Folk Festival Society of Calgary, Shakespeare by the Bow, and many more. Visit my Arts page for more details.
$10.5 million for infrastructure to prevent flooding and damage in Calgary. This includes upgrades to groundwater and stormwater infrastructure, a flood protection berm, and a new pump station. For comparison, between 2006 and 2014, Infrastructure Canada invested $0 in Calgary flood mitigation. Visit my Flood Mitigation page for more details.
$120,000+ to help make workplaces and community spaces more accessible for people with a disability. Enabling Accessibility Fund applications are open until May 24, 2018 for mid-sized projects of up to $3 million. Small-sized project funding recipients:
- Scarboro United Church ($50,000)
- L’Arche Association of Calgary ($50,000)
- CUPS, the Calgary Urban Project Society ($18,000)
- Old City Hall water damage repairs ($1.5 million)
- The Alex: Housing First Employment Initiative Pilot Project ($230,000)
- University of Calgary infrastructure ($1.1 million)
- And much more