Minister Vandal announces new investments in community infrastructure and public spaces in Calgary, creating jobs and revitalizing downtown

Today, the Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, accompanied by the Member of Parliament for Calgary-Skyview, George Chahaland Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek, announced a federal investment of more than $3.4 million for 13 community projects in Calgary that will help revitalize key gathering spaces and support the city’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

Projects receiving federal funding include:

  • common arts receives $200,000 for an accessibility improvement initiative at the Arts Commons facility at Calgary.
  • Belt Line Neighborhoods Association receives $200,000 to modernize High Park downtown Calgary with an outdoor stage, fire pits, seating, murals and activity stations.
  • Calgary Science Center Society receives $637,500 to revitalize and expand the outdoor park of from Calgary TELUS Spark Center through the installation of an Indigenous programming gathering circle, medicine garden and science play areas.
  • Calgary Zoological Society receives $750,000 to install a bison habitat at its Calgary establishment.
  • Association of cerebral palsies of alberta receives $94,305 to renovate the second floor of its Life without Limits center in Calgary to overcome accessibility barriers and better meet the needs of its customers.
  • City of Calgary receives $562,500 to help revitalize an underused part of a city park by installing a bike pump track. The track will provide a safe recreational activity space for children, tweens, teens and adults of all levels of riding experience.
  • City of Calgary receives $75,000 to turn the underutilized downtown parking lot into an accessible outdoor event site.
  • City of Calgary receives $75,000 to install permanent seating and shade structures in seven Northeast parks Calgary.
  • Edgemont Community Association receives $9,595 build an outdoor gathering space with an information center, picnic tables and benches.
  • Evanston Creekside Community Association has received $200,000 for the construction of a community hub and gathering space with paved pathways, a fire pit, benches, picnic tables and a winter skating rink in the Evanston district.
  • Heritage Park Society receives $438,750 to build a fully accessible antique railroad car at Heritage Park.
  • Northeast Community Society Center receives $142,500 to improve the rooftop terrace of the Genesis Center and install an inclusive outdoor gathering space for the public.
  • Willow Ridge Community Association Calgary receives $37,695 to install benches in green spaces in the Willow Ridge neighborhood and retrofit an existing community garden with new flowerbeds and accessible fencing.

The combined federal investment of $3,422,845 is expected to help create or maintain 74 jobs, increase accessibility to community spaces for residents and visitors, and support investment attraction and commercial activity.


“Our government is investing in community spaces where residents, visitors and businesses can come together to connect and engage with each other. Our public spaces are where we come together as a community – something we need more than ever as we recover from the pandemic. From outdoor parks and rooftop terraces, to event venues and spaces where visitors can learn about Indigenous culture, the projects we’re announcing today will empower Calgarians of all ages and all abilities to enjoy modern and accessible facilities for years to come.

– The Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

“Strong and vibrant communities across the province will play a central role in from Alberta economic recovery. Nowhere is this clearer than in from Alberta largest city, where our government is investing to ensure residents and visitors have access to inclusive and modern spaces that strengthen from Calgary reputation as a world-class city in which to live, work, create and connect.”

– The Honorable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

“When Calgary prosperous, alberta prosperous. I am proud that our government is investing in community projects that lay the foundation for a strong recovery while creating sustainable amenities for generations to come. »

George ChahalMLA for Calgary Skyview

“This investment is beginning to fill the gaps within our communities. The pandemic has highlighted the need to meet people where they are, providing the important social and physical infrastructure that is essential to building whole communities. We are pleased to see many diverse organizations and projects being funded for the benefit of all Calgarians.

Jyoti Gondekmayor, City of Calgary

“An affinity for science has never been more important than it is now, and that means opening up the definition of science to include multiple ways of knowing. Spark is excited to open that definition up with partners communities so that many more people see themselves in from Calgary one and only scientific center.”

Marie Anne MoserPresident and CEO, TELUS Spark Science Center

“This funding will be used to transform an unusable and inaccessible area into a fully inclusive, accessible and vibrant space for community residents to gather and recreate. As a hub in the northeast Calgarythis new outdoor space will provide opportunities for outdoor gatherings and programming, in addition to enhancing the Centre’s dynamism. »

Jonas Ardielbusiness development manager, genesis center

Fast facts

  • The Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRCF) helps communities through Canada build and improve community infrastructure so they can recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • With a national endowment of $500 million over two years, the fund aims to support non-profit organizations, municipalities and other public institutions, as well as indigenous communities on the road to economic recovery.
  • Projects supported by the Fund focus on the revitalization of downtowns and main streets; reinvent outdoor spaces; create green infrastructure; and increasing the accessibility of community spaces.
  • Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) administers the Fund in alberta.

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SOURCE Prairie Economic Development Canada

For further information: Kyle Allen, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, [email protected]; Rohit Sandhu, Communications Manager, Prairie Economic Development Canada, [email protected]

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