There's no shortage of possible shovel-ready infrastructure projects submitted to the provincial government by Cochrane, Airdrie and Rocky View County.
Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Peter Guthrie says municipalities across the province were quick to respond to the possibility of bringing projects onstream immediately. He says the bottom line is putting Albertans back to work.
"Infrastructure and Transportation departments are looking at all of these projects that have come in and trying to give some credence to all of them and trying to evaluate where they are and how we can fit them into a program," says Guthrie.
"We need to get Albertans back to work. The construction industry is a pretty important part of that."
Rocky View County Reeve Greg Boehlke says the list they submitted can put plenty of people to work.
"We have a very extensive list of shovel-ready projects; good projects for good job creation, and things for the future."
Like the county, the town has capital projects included in its three-year budget that fit the criteria.
Mayor Jeff Genung is hopefully some will get the thumbs up.
"They're more apt to participate financially than they were in the past, so if we can get one of these projects on their books and get it in and save our taxpayers some money, that's the goal."
Currently, the town is pausing to reevaluate its capital projects while in light of the economic downturn heightened by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has already pulled back on purchasing a $6.3 million property in the Griffin Industrial Point.
As of yet, no funding has been announced for any of the projects submitted by municipalities.
The government announced a series of highway and bridge maintenance projects on May 5 in southern Alberta from its $2 billion infrastructure fund. The projects are expected to create 600 jobs.