The province has increased capital funding for school divisions to help boost the economy while also accelerating important maintenance to existing schools.
The hefty increase is to the tune of $250 million and aims to create about 3,750 jobs.
Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange says that this funding will support hundreds of projects in all school divisions across the province.
She says "We’re getting Albertans back to work by investing in hundreds of infrastructure and renewal projects in schools across the province. This is great news for staff and students who will benefit from more modern learning environments."
The province says they will work with the school divisions to invest in the most efficient and effective ways possible. They say that we can expect confirmation of specific projects by the start of June, with completion by October.
Alberta's Minister of Infrastructure, Prasad Panda says that "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." Panda goes on to say that the completion of the slated projects will enhance the value and lifespan of our province’s infrastructure.
The announced funding is separate from the funding allocated for new schools or updating older ones, however, all approved projects must line up with the requirements of Alberta Education’s Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal program.
Projects must also pertain to interior upgrades, site improvements, structural, electrical, mechanical and building envelope upgrades.