Protecting southern Alberta from future flooding

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Minister Mason speaks at the federal announcement of $168.5 million in funding for the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir.

Reducing the impact of natural disasters such as flooding is critical to keeping Canadian families safe, protecting local businesses and supporting a strong economy and middle class.

François-Philippe Champagne, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, has announced funding for the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir project.

In June 2013, communities in southern Alberta experienced devastating effects of flooding caused by heavy rainfall. To better protect these communities against future flooding events brought on by climate change, the Government of Canada is supporting the construction of an off-stream storage reservoir in Rocky View County to divert extreme flood flow from the Elbow River to a reservoir where it would be contained temporarily until the flood peak has passed.

Once completed, these measures will help protect thousands of people and their homes, schools and local businesses, and ensure that southern Alberta communities remain safe for decades to come.

The Government of Canada is contributing $168.5 million to this project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

“Taking concrete steps to adapt to the impacts of climate change is more and more essential to ensuring a safe, prosperous future for our kids and grandkids. By investing in the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir project, we are helping Alberta get ahead of the problem, and protecting Calgarians and communities to the south from the heavy personal and economic costs of increasingly threatening weather events.”

François-Philippe Champagne, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Extreme weather is becoming more severe, more frequent, more damaging and more expensive because of climate change. By investing in the infrastructure that protects our neighbourhoods, businesses and families, we are building communities that can withstand future natural disasters and thrive for generations to come.”

 Ralph Goodale, federal Minister of Public Safety

“Our government is committed to building the Springbank Dam to protect Calgarians and businesses from a devastating flood like the one we saw in 2013. I am happy to see this significant investment from the federal government as we continue to move forward with this critical project.”

Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Transportation

Quick facts

  • This project is currently undergoing a federal environmental assessment process led by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Aboriginal consultation process is underway. Construction will not start until the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a decision statement and until Canada is satisfied that the legal duty to consult Aboriginal peoples has been met. 
  • The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) is a $2-billion, 10-year program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes and droughts.
  • DMAF is part of the federal government’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, which is providing more than $180 billion over 12 years for public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and rural and northern communities.
  • Investing in green infrastructure that helps communities cope with the intensifying effects of climate change is an integral part of Canada’s transition to a more resilient, low-carbon economy, which is among the commitments made under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
  • Since 2016, the federal government  has invested in projects that will support the creation of good middle-class jobs in Alberta, including:
    • More than $1.5 billion for the Calgary Green Line Light Rail Transit Project to connect new areas of the city to convenient, accessible transit.
    • Over $29 million for the construction of a new wastewater transmission system to provide residents of Lacombe, Blackfalds and Lacombe County with reliable services.
    • More than $47 million for the expansion of Fort Edmonton Park to boost tourism and create dynamic new cultural and learning spaces.

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Oversize loads to travel on Edmonton-area highways

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The petrochemical equipment, headed for the Industrial Heartland, will hit the road on Wednesday, March 13, at 11 p.m., travelling over four days.

A 293-tonne, 116-metre-long de-propanizer and two gas-fired heaters are the last of several massive pieces of equipment for construction of Inter Pipeline’s Heartland Petrochemical Complex, just north of Fort Saskatchewan.

About seven metres tall and wide, the de-propanizer is about half the height of a utility pole and a little longer than a football field. The equipment will be used to process propane into polypropylene, a substance used to make plastic for products that include medical equipment, athletic apparel and food storage containers.


The loads will travel along Whitemud Drive, highways 216 (Anthony Henday Drive), 14, 15, 834, and Range Road 220 using this route:

  • Exit Dacro yard, west of 93 Street on to 51 Avenue
  • East on 51 Avenue to Roper Road, continuing east to 75 Street
  • South on 75 Street to 51 Avenue
  • East on 51 Avenue to 50 Street at Whitemud Drive
  • Whitemud Drive east to Highway 216 southbound
  • Highway 14 eastbound to the staging area at highways 14 & 21
  • Highway 14 east to Range Road 190
  • North on Range Road 190 to Township Road 510
  • East on Township Road 510 to Highway 834
  • North on Highway 834 to Highway 15; Highway 15 west to Lamont
  • Continue west on Highway 15 to Range Road 220
  • Range Road 220 north to site

Highway 15 between 125 Street and Range Road 220, in Fort Saskatchewan, will be closed for up to four hours, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on March 15 and March 18, as the loads travel along that highway.


March 13

11 p.m.

Dacro (Edmonton)

4 a.m.

highways 14 & 21

March 15

7:30 a.m.

highways 14 & 21

3 p.m.


March 16

8 a.m.


1 p.m.


Additional information

  • At its largest configuration, including all vehicles, the load is roughly 116 metres long by seven metres wide by eight metres high.
  • The load will use the entire width of the highway, including the shoulder.
  • The load will be moving below the posted speed limit and may pull over periodically. Drivers travelling behind the load will experience delays.
  • In some places, the load will be travelling against the flow of traffic, escorted by guide vehicles for traffic control and safety. Lanes will be blocked off accordingly.
  • Drivers are reminded to watch for guide vehicles and flag people.

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Alberta’s oldest seniors lodge being replaced

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L to R: Red Deer Deputy Mayor Frank Wong, MLAs Barb Miller and Kim Schreiner, and Darren Young.

On behalf of Seniors and Housing Minister Lori Sigurdson, Red Deer MLAs Kim Schreiner and Barb Miller announced a $28-million capital investment to build a new 100-unit complex to replace Piper Creek Lodge, built in 1956.

Piper Creek residents can remain in the original lodge while the new facility is under construction at a site about half a kilometre away. The new building should be ready for seniors to move in by spring 2021.

“Our government is pleased to invest in a new seniors affordable housing facility in Red Deer. This is an important investment for the City of Red Deer and another example of our government’s commitment to support seniors and their families. This facility will mean that seniors can age in their community, close to family and friends.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“Affordable housing for seniors in Red Deer and central Alberta is critical to ensuring our citizens can continue to live and age near their friends and family in the city they call home. The Piper Creek Lodge is the oldest lodge in Alberta, and with this additional funding from the Government of Alberta, local seniors are assured a continuation of options that will meet their needs as they age.”

Tara Veer, mayor, City of Red Deer

“Piper Creek Lodge has spent the last 63 years as an example of a community project that was an innovation for seniors housing.  We look forward to the new facility carrying on that tradition.”

Darren Young, chair, Bridges Community Living

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Investing in the future of winter sport in Calgary

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Minister Ricardo Miranda meets with X Games athletes at the future site of a 14-storey ski jump on the Calgary Stampede grounds.

Calgary has secured exclusive rights to host the X Games. It would be the first time the event is in Canada. The X Games would bring more than 200 international skiing and snowboarding athletes to Alberta for a four-day action sports, music and art festival.

“We are thrilled to help bring the X Games to Canada for the first time. This is an important first step to secure this exciting international event. This would be a fantastic opportunity to create jobs and to show Alberta’s amazing athletes facilities, artists and culture to the world.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

The government has committed $13.5 million over the next three years to help bring the X Games to Calgary. Hosting the X Games would inject about $75 million into Alberta’s economy and support the equivalent of 540 jobs.

“We’re excited to be taking this step towards hosting the first X Games on Canadian snow. It’s about bringing Calgary to a world stage. The economic spinoffs are significant, and support our plans for tourism and economic development.”

Naheed Nenshi, mayor, City of Calgary

“Our vision for Calgary is to bring the X Games to the masses through the action sport athletes and musical artists who create, live and inspire youth culture in Canada. With the incredible support of our sport, community, tourism and government partners, and of course, Canada’s athletes, we’re looking to create a city-stopping and uniquely Canadian annual event in Alberta.”

Russell Reimer, president, Manifesto Sport Management

“After 10 X Games and six medals, it would be a dream come true to have the opportunity to compete on home snow in Calgary on action sport’s biggest stage. The venues are ideal and I know the Canadian fans would go crazy for this kind of event in our backyard.”

Spencer O’Brien, X Games gold medallist

The X Games is an annual action sport, music and art festival produced and broadcast by ESPN. The first X Games was held in 1995 in Newport, R.I. and Mount Snow, VT. The first Winter X Games was held in 1997 in Big Bear Lake, CA. The X Games are broadcast to an estimated 500 million households in more than 200 countries and territories.

Hosting the X Games aligns with a key priority of the Government of Alberta – growing and diversifying the province’s tourism industry by boosting visitation in the winter season and increasing sport participation opportunities for all Albertans.

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