These projects will repair and upgrade housing for seniors and low-income families. Calgary will receive just under $5.7 million in federal funding for 68 projects and Edmonton will receive $5.3 million for 33 projects.
The projects will be varied but will include such things as improving accessibility, rehabilitating exteriors, replacing plumbing, upgrading fire alarm systems, enhancing safety systems, and so on.
Federal funding is made possible through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. It will amount to about 80% of total project funding
The remaining 20% of funding will come from the Alberta government, which has earmarked $6.4 million for the projects, an average of just under $18,000 per project.
The provincial government claims the projects will support 180 jobs, or about 2 jobs per project.