Alberta announces $2B to protect jobs, maintain and improve road, school infrastructure

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced Thursday a $2-billion investment in infrastructure maintenance and renewal projects to keep people working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the projects would include repairs on K-12 schools (roofs, doors, windows), HVAC updates and mechanical retrofits to post-secondary facilities, upgrading information technology and audio systems in courthouses, work on roads and bridge decks, and filling potholes.

“Construction season is upon us,” Kenney said. “We cannot afford to lose a day when we need the money to be spent in this economy now.”

The funds represent a doubling of the province’s 2020-21 spending on capital maintenance and renewal.

Kenney said the move would create “thousands of good-paying jobs.”

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