Seniors' homes in Red Deer, Alix, Lacombe, Mirror, Olds, Bentley, Blackfalds and Drumheller will be able to upgrade as a result of provincial and federal funding. (Sasha Sefter - Observer File Photo)

Central Alberta seniors’ housing to benefit from nearly $32M in government grants

Renovations, repairs are slated for dozens of buildings

Seniors’ housing in the Red Deer and central Alberta will benefit from a nearly $32 million government infrastructure investment.

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 Alberta’s government’s $6.4 million infrastructure investment.

Red Deer, Alix, Lacombe, Mirror, Olds, Bentley, Blackfalds, Drumheller, Eckville, Hanna, Three Hills, Torrington and Stettler are among the Alberta communities that will have improvements made to seniors’ housing units with these funds.

These projects will help keep residents, staff and visitors safe and healthy, by improving ventilation, air conditioning and heating systems, upgrading security and fire systems, and other repairs.

Among the upgrades are better accessibility to suites, rehabilitation to building exteriors, fire alarms and security systems.

Renovations are also planned to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, electrical panel and wire replacements, new roof shingles, eaves troughs, and downspouts and the replacement of nurse call systems.

Some senior’s housing units will get plumbing upgrades, and elevator repairs.

Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure said, “By investing in these infrastructure projects today, the Alberta government is taking care of its facilities for the future, while creating good-paying local jobs and promoting healthy economic activity in Alberta communities right when the help is needed most.”

Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister and Special Representative for 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 across Alberta. The Government of Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

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