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)
- New: Extending and improving access to the Airport Trail road so it’s easier for people and products to get to and from the airport. Construction begins this year, creating 900 jobs ($50 million). See the story.
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.
Update 1: $13.6 million for the Horizon Housing Society
After getting to know the Horizon Housing Society over the past 10 years, I’m thrilled that their affordable housing project is the first in Canada to get federal funding under our new rental construction initiative. Our $13.6 million investment is part of our game-changing national strategy on affordable housing. Currently under construction, the building will house 161 low-income families and individuals and is located in Glamorgan in SW Calgary.
Update 2: $6 million to build YWCA Calgary’s new home
We’re proud to invest $6 million towards construction of YWCA Calgary’s new building. Providing a safe place to stay, it will include a community kitchen, childcare centre, employment training classrooms, and a secure outdoor courtyard so women and kids can enjoy the sunshine in safety.
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 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)
Plus one of the key focuses of our National Housing Strategy is to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Part of our the National Housing Co-Investment Fund will help foster both accessible AND affordable housing by promoting universal design and visitability. The Fund will also create 2400 new affordable units for people with developmental disabilities. The Strategy also considers social inclusion, and proximity to transit, services and support, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
- 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