Alberta, Ottawa spend $11.6 million on energy efficacy upgrades in Edmonton, Wetaskiwin, Calgary

Six provincial buildings in Edmonton, Wetaskiwin and Calgary are getting energy efficacy upgrades and retrofits thanks to $11.6 million in federal and provincial money aimed at shovel ready projects during the pandemic.The projects will create a total of 65 construction-related jobs, Alberta Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda said at a press conference Friday with Jim Carr, Ottawa’s special representative for the Prairies.

“These shovel-ready and short term capital maintenance and renewal projects ensure immediate tangible benefits in Calgary, Edmonton and Wetaskiwin,” Panda said.

“Let’s be clear, replacing a boiler isn’t the sexiest project but it is important skilled trades work that will put food on the table.”

In Calgary, the Calgary Remand Centre will have its chillers, air handling units, and controls replaced while the Court of Appeal building will get high efficiency boilers. The correctional centre will upgrade its fire alarm and replace window assemblies.

In Edmonton, the Government Centre is getting new cooling centres and controls and the remand centre is renewing its security system.

The Wetaskiwin Courthouse’s roof and flashing will be replaced.

The federal government is covering 80 per cent of the total $11.6 million price tag.

The money is coming from Alberta’s portion of the existing Investing in Canada infrastructure program.. In August 2020 Ottawa expanded the criteria for projects funded using that money to include more infrastructure projects during the pandemic.

Article by Lena Hogarth
February 17, 2021

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