The City of Red Deer is awaiting more information on how much federal funding it will receive in 2021.
This year’s federal budget is the first in two years and identifies focus areas: COVID-19 relief programs, the economy, business resilience, affordable housing and infrastructure.
“Direct federal investment in municipalities will continue through the long-standing Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly known as Gas Tax Fund), with Red Deer expecting to receive approximately $6 million in one-time funding for local infrastructure needs,” said Mayor Tara Veer.
“This is welcome news for Red Deer; however, we still need to analyze the budget and explore further funding opportunities we hope to leverage for our community.”
Veer said the city will continue to watch for more details “to identify opportunities to leverage opportunities for our citizens,” particularly for COVID-19 recovery, affordable housing, transit and other key programs for the community.
“We will also watch for areas of potential challenge for our citizens, which may necessitate advocacy to the federal government,” she said.