Calgary readies wishlist for federal infrastructure funds
Alberta and Saskatchewan to share $1B sooner than later
On the heels of a federal funding infrastructure announcement of $1 billion, a Calgary city councillor is putting together his wishlist.
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The federal government is in a hurry to fast-track $13 billion in infrastructure funding.
With Alberta and Saskatchewan hard hit by plunging oil prices, both provinces could get a quick shot in the arm. Alberta is set to receive $704 million and Saskatchewan will get $361 million.
Coun. Shane Keating says he hopes the province has one of Calgary's megaprojects front of mind when the funds flow.
"I still believe that the Green Line is the number one priority in Calgary at this time and I would hope that if they're going to take some funds, they would dedicate it strictly to the green line," Keating said.
A number of large provincial projects in Calgary have already been approved, including the completion of the ring road and the construction of a new cancer centre.
The city identified a handful of "shovel ready" priorities early last year, including a Foothills Athletic Park fieldhouse, bus rapid transit corridors and a new police processing unit.
Alberta's infrastructure minister says informal discussions with the federal government indicate the province will receive infrastructure funding earlier than expected.
Brian Mason would not comment on which projects may get immediate funding this year.