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$11.6-million to upgrade Calgary, Edmonton and Wetaskiwin provincial buildings


March 1, 2021
By Anthony Capkun

March 1, 2021 – Ottawa and Alberta are teaming up to provide more than $11.6 million in joint funding for infrastructure projects that will provide retrofits, repairs and upgrades to six provincial buildings.

“These projects in Calgary, Edmonton and Wetaskiwin will also extend the lifespan of important provincial infrastructure and produce energy-efficient, cost-saving benefits,” said Hon. Jim Carr on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

The funding will enable the province to complete crucial repairs and upgrades to public facilities, supporting about 65 construction-related jobs, added Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure.

Edmonton and area retrofit, repair, and upgrade projects

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These projects include retrofits, repairs, and upgrades at three provincial buildings in the Edmonton and Wetaskiwin area.

• The Government Centre will see its cooling centres and controls replaced.
• The security systems at the Edmonton Remand Centre will be renewed.
• The Wetaskiwin Courthouse’s roof and flashing will be replaced.

Calgary retrofit, replacement, and upgrade project

These projects include retrofits, repairs, and upgrades at three provincial buildings in Calgary.

• The Calgary Remand Centre will have its chillers, air handling units, and controls replaced.
• The Old Court of Appeal’s electric heating system will be replaced by high-efficiency boilers.
• The Calgary Correctional Centre will upgrade its fire alarm system and replace exterior window assemblies.

The feds are investing more than $9.2 million in these projects through the Covid-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Alberta is providing $2.32 million.

Under the Covid-19 Resilience Stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is 80% in the provinces, and 100% in the territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.