The governments of Canada and Alberta are injecting more than $31.9 million to complete crucial repairs and upgrades to seniors and family housing throughout the province. In Calgary and Edmonton, this includes upgrades to ventilation, air conditioning, heating, security and fire systems. Housing in other communities, such as Fort Chipewyan, Hinton, Okotoks, Olds, Spruce Grove and Wetaskiwin, will receive nursing call systems, roofing and accessibility upgrades.

Funding for these capital maintenance and renewal projects is approved through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The Government of Canada is investing nearly $25.6 million with the Alberta government providing nearly $6.4 million.

“By investing in these infrastructure projects today, the Alberta government is taking care of its facilities for the future while creating good-paying local jobs and promoting healthy economic activity in Alberta communities right when the help is needed most.”

Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure

“By investing in capital maintenance and renewal projects, Alberta’s government is ensuring seniors and families in 95 communities across the province have access to a safe, secure and affordable place to call home while protecting livelihoods by putting Albertans to work.”

Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“Our government is taking strong action to protect the health and safety of all Canadians by investing in projects that will grow local economies as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s announcement of nearly $25.6 million in federal funding is integral to this work, as it will improve housing facilities for seniors and families across Alberta. The Government of Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“We’re committed to delivering results for seniors in Alberta. These renovations will help prevent infection transmission, increase safety and enhance seniors’ quality of life in apartments and lodges that provide them independent and supportive living. In particular, upgrading ventilation systems to ensure cleaner air will be critical to the health and safety of residents.”

Deb Schulte, federal Minister of Seniors

Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.