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Alberta commits to local infrastructure projects

PHOTO. The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. Alberta Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda announced $24.2-billion over the next four years would go towards infrastructure projects in Alberta's north, including healthcare projects in Wood Buffalo. Melanie Walsh. MORNING NEWS ANCHOR.

The Alberta government announced a four-year, $24.2-billion investment plan for infrastructure in Alberta’s North.

The 2019 Capital Plan would follow through on previous commitments while adding new projects.

Minister of Infrastructure, Prasad Panda, said this strategy would also ensure Albertans have jobs and help grow the economy.

“Our government’s investment is providing communities of all sizes, like those here in north and north-central Alberta, with the modern, efficient infrastructure residents and families need.”

Local investment

The United Conservative government said they plan to maintain prior commitments.

However, they note capital spending would decrease by $2.9-billion or 12 per cent between 2019-23 compared to the 2018 Capital Plan.

For example, the 2019 Capital Plan mentions the 15 school modernization projects, which include Athabasca Delta School in Fort Chipewyan.

A handful of projects in Wood Buffalo would also see funding over the next four years.

First, Willow Square is one of several supportive care centres expected to receive support.

The Plan estimates $57-million over the next two years for the continuing care centre.

Furthermore, $21-million would go toward the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre repairs over the same timeframe.

The province also mentioned another $49-million over four years toward the twinning of Highway 63 from Grasslands to Fort McMurray.

Funding would support projects in Alberta’s north and north-central areas such as Bonnyville, Grande Prairie, Lloydminster, Peace River, and Whitecourt.