I hope all of you enjoyed Canada 150 Celebrations, Citizenship and Stampede events. As I was able to attend and share many of these events with you, we had numerous opportunities to have good conversations, also on how we can work together to strengthen our communities and welcome new Canadians.
Our government continues to take new initiatives to make life better for Albertans as follows:
Expanded Cancer Treatment: Expanding treatment hours for cancer patients in Calgary and Edmonton by offering evening and weekend care at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Cross Cancer Institute.
Home Care and Community Care: An increase of $200 million to home and community care, helping more Albertans get care right in their communities where they live, increasing total funding for home and community care to over $2 billion.
Seniors’ Travel for Specialist Medical Appointments: Budget 2017 invests an additional $550,000 to help low-income seniors cover costs, like transportation and accommodation, associated with travel for specialist medical appointments.
Library Funding: Our government is providing $50 million this year to improve access and services at libraries; including increased operating grants to help keep pace with the province’s growing population, and to ensure that all Albertans have a welcoming space to learn, play, share and research.
$25 per Day Child Care: 22 pilot Early Learning and Child Care Centers will receive funding to demonstrate the importance and viability of $25-a-day child care in Alberta.
More Supports for those with Addictions: Investing in housing for Albertans overcoming addictions with a $7-million to support 46 individuals and their families in Calgary who are recovering from addictions.
University of Calgary: Alberta invests in much-needed space with $270.6 million over four years to 500 new study and classroom spaces with the renovation of the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties building.
Deerfoot Interchange: Interchange at Deerfoot Trail and 212 Ave SE. supports 25,000 jobs and potential for more than $4 billion in economic opportunity.
Cleaner Energy: An investment of $10 million to convert carbon dioxide emissions into usable products at the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre helping us transition to a cleaner energy future and create jobs.
Supports for Immigrant and Indigenous Women: $100,000 in funding for Making Changes Association to prepare immigrant and Indigenous women for careers in technology.
Schools: Budget 2017 allocates $500 million for 8 new schools, 9 replacements and 7 modernization funds for 2 additional schools.
Apprentices: We are helping put hardworking Albertans back on the job: 1,000 more Apprentice Training Awards have been introduced to reduce financial barriers for apprentices returning to technical training.
Affordable Housing: Funding of $5.7 million for planning 14 affordable housing projects across the province has been provided. The government is renewing or building more than 6,000 affordable housing units over the next 5 years.
For more details, please contact our office.