Seniors housing in Red Deer and central Alberta will benefit from a government investment of almost $ 32 million in infrastructure.
The federal and provincial governments are supporting infrastructure projects in Alberta through two grant programs: the Government of Canada’s $ 25.6 million through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Fund and the Government of Alberta infrastructure investment of $ 6.4 million.
Red Deer, Alix, Lacombe, Mirror, Olds, Bentley, Blackfalds, Drumheller, Eckville, Hanna, Three Hills, Torrington and Stettler are among the communities in Alberta that will see improvements to senior housing with these funds.
These projects will help ensure the safety and health of residents, staff and visitors by improving ventilation, air conditioning and heating systems, upgrading security and fire systems, and carrying out other repairs.
Improvements include better accessibility to suites, rehabilitation of building exteriors, fire alarms and security systems.
Renovations are also planned for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, replacement of electrical panels and wires, new roof shingles, gutters and downspouts, and replacement of nurse call systems.
Some senior housing units will benefit from plumbing upgrades and elevator repairs.
Alberta Minister of Infrastructure Prasad Panda said: “By investing in these infrastructure projects today, the Government of Alberta is taking care of its facilities for the future, while creating jobs. well-remunerated premises and supporting healthy economic activity in communities across Alberta when help is needed most.
Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative of Canada to the Prairies, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said: “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 in Alberta. The Government of Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.