So far Red Deer has received about $13.2 million in federal funding for eight projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan.
Dean Krejci, the city’s chief financial officer, said Red Deer applied for $38 million for about 20 projects and is waiting for further approvals.
Funding through the Investing in Canada plan will support 61 infrastructure projects in Alberta. The federal government is providing 80 per cent of funding, with municipalities paying the rest.
All work must be completed by the end of 2021.
“The sooner we get approval of the projects, the sooner we can get going on completing construction,” Krejci said.
A 9-1-1- Emergency Communications Centre project is the costliest to be approved so far which received $4.6 million in federal dollars. The city is contributing $1.15 million. It includes renovating and relocating the existing communications centre, renovating Emergency Services headquarter offices and apparatus bay, and expanding the current 9-1-1 centre.
Other approved projects include: community centre preservation to replace and repair assets for Collicutt Centre, Pioneer Lodge and Michener Aquatic Centre ($1.8 million federal funding); 77th Street, sidewalk and trail project ($1.66 million); roof remediation at Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Allen Bungalow, Festival Hall, Memorial Centre, Collicutt Centre, Heritage Ranch, and Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery ($1.62 million); infrastructure preservation at J.J. Gaetz House, Golden Circle, Heritage Square, Kinsmen Arena, and River Bend Recreation area ($1.4 million); Westerner storm water pond reconstruction ($1.05 million); Civic Yards repairs ($986,173); and Waskasoo Creek scour and erosion project ($81,840).