EDMONTON — Alberta is boosting its capital funding for school divisions by $250 million to help boost the economy and accelerate critical facility maintenance.
The funding will support hundreds of projects in all school divisions across the province. Officials anticipate the work will create approximately 3,750 jobs.
“We’re getting Albertans back to work by investing in hundreds of infrastructure and renewal projects in schools across the province,” said Adriana LaGrange, minister of education, in a press release. “This is great news for staff and students who will benefit from more modern learning environments.”
The province plans to co-ordinate with school divisions to invest dollars in the most efficient and effective ways possible. Specific projects will be confirmed by the start of June. The majority of projects are anticipated to be wrapped up by October.
“Increased funding for capital maintenance and renewal — along with 74 school projects in design, planning and construction — will create jobs when we need them most, while enhancing the value and lifespan of our province’s infrastructure,” said Prasad Panda, minister of infrastructure.
The funding is separate from funding for new schools or modernizations and is instead an acceleration of investment in school maintenance and renewal projects. The province noted that approved projects must align with the requirements of Alberta Education’s Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal program and fall into one of the following categories:
- building envelope (e.g., roofs, doors, windows, exterior finishes)
- mechanical (e.g., plumbing, heating and ventilation)
- electrical (e.g., lighting upgrades)
- structural (e.g., foundations)
- site improvements (e.g., parking lot repair, regrading for drainage)
- interior upgrades