“Creating good jobs for Albertans is crucial to our province’s economic recovery and is a key part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan. This $137-million project will create hundreds of jobs while creating a better health-care system in Calgary.”
“Investing in health facilities is part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen our publicly funded health system. I’m proud this project will help the Peter Lougheed Centre provide top-quality emergency, mental health and laboratory services to people in Calgary and southern Alberta for years to come.”
The emergency department will be expanded by 15 beds, including two new trauma areas. The intake area used to assess and treat patients will be increased from six to 26 spaces, and the ambulance drop-off area will now be located closer to the emergency department.
The mental health short-stay unit will be expanded to address mental health treatment capacity. The project will also provide replacement laboratory space to allow for state-of-the-art diagnostic services. Demand for laboratory services at the hospital is growing significantly. It is estimated that 2.3 million tests will be completed on-site by 2029-30, up more than one-third from current levels.
*Completion of Phase 1 in spring of 2022 will then allow subsequent phases of the project to begin. This phased approach will ensure patients will continue to have full access to existing services throughout construction.
Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth.
- This project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
- This spending includes:
- $6.9 billion Budget 2020 capital spending
- $980 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal
- $200 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects
- $600 million in strategic infrastructure projects
- $500 million in municipal infrastructure
- $1.5 billion for Keystone XL