Alberta invests in critical water projects

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L-R: Mayor Jim Wood (Red Deer County), Deputy Mayor Frank Wong (City of Red Deer), MLA Barb Miller, MLA Kim Schreiner, Minister of Transportation Brian Mason

The investment is part of the Water for Life Program, which provides cost-shared funding to regional commissions or groups of two or more municipalities to support new regional water systems and upgrades to existing ones.

“Our government is committed to improving essential water infrastructure across the province. Along with other projects, the nearly $50 million in funding to upgrade the treatment plant in Red Deer is essential for the welfare of Albertans and long-term economic growth. This is a key piece of infrastructure for central Alberta.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation

“Programs like Water for Life are critical to ensuring safe and secure drinking water while balancing environmental and economic pressures today and in the future. This wastewater upgrade provides for much-needed modernization of the critical wastewater needs in Red Deer and central Alberta. This funding positions Red Deer and region for sustainability given the economic realities we continue to face as a community and as a province.”

Tara Veer, mayor, City of Red Deer

Water grants

Budget 2018 provides more than $480 million for critical water grant programs.

  • Water for Life provides $75.3 million in 2018-19 and $55.5 million in 2019-20.
  • Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership provides $45 million in 2018-19 and $25 million in 2019-20.
  • Nearly $87 million will be distributed to the following projects:
    • $49.2 million for a wastewater plant upgrade for the City of Red Deer
    • $5.5 million for a treated water supply line from the village of Rockyford to Rosebud
    • $3.3 million for a regional line in the Hamlet of Suffield
    • $14.4 million for a regional water line between Wabamun-Seba-Entwistle
    • $11.2 million for a wastewater transmission line from Sandy Beach to Onoway
    • $3 million for a wastewater line between Lloydminster and Blackfoot

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Historic Winter Games for Team Alberta

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Team Alberta broke records at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Team Alberta took home 100 medals, including a record 36 gold, finishing third behind Quebec and Ontario. They also took home the Centennial Cup for showing greatest improvement, and the Jack Pelech Award for best combination of good sportsmanship, fair play, cooperation and competitive performance. 

The Games were held in Red Deer from Feb. 15 to March 3. More than 20,000 visitors came to the region to watch or participate in the event, which is expected to create an economic impact of more than $130 million.

“Congratulations to all of the athletes, coaches and support staff on Team Alberta, as well as the City of Red Deer, for your historic 2019 Canada Winter Games. The province is thrilled to celebrate your accomplishments and excited for your future success.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

“As the minister responsible for sport, I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes’ inspiring display of strength, courage and skill. There were many surprises and a few heartbreaks along the way, but our athletes and everyone involved helped make these Games among the best in recent memory. This was our moment and you made us all proud.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

This year’s Games were made possible thanks to the support of the Winter Games Host Society, the City of Red Deer and more than 5,000 volunteers. The Alberta government, through the Alberta Sport Connection, contributed $11 million to the Games.

The province also contributed $80 million to improve the interchange at Gaetz Avenue and the QEII, including new on and off ramps and construction of five new bridges. Red Deer College received $72 million, including $52 million through the Alberta Capital Finance Authority, to construct the Gary W. Harris Centre, which was used extensively for the Games.

The Canada Games is the nation’s largest multi-sport and culture event for amateur athletes. It is held every two years, alternating between winter and summer events. Alberta previously hosted the Games in Grande Prairie in 1995, and in Lethbridge in 1975.

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