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Rural, smaller urban communities get infrastructure boost in Alberta through STIP


August 16, 2021
By Rock to Road Staff

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Transportation Minister Rajan Sawhney is joined by Finance Minister Travis Toews, Grande Prairie-MLA Tracy Allard, County of Grande Prairie Reeve Leanne Beaupre and Grande Prairie members of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta. Photo: Government of Alberta

Alberta is spending $31.5 million over the next year on transportation infrastructure for rural and smaller urban municipalities. It is part of a $103.4 million investment over the next three years as part of the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP).

Approved initiatives include bridge culvert replacements in the Municipal District of Willow Creek, girder maintenance in the County of Barrhead, resource road improvements in the County of Grande Prairie, access roads in Peavine Metis Settlement and paving the airport runway in Wetaskiwin.

“STIP funding will support rural and smaller urban municipalities with local transportation infrastructure,” said Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transportation. “Now more than ever, strong infrastructure is vital to attracting investment, and this funding will help ensure they have the roads and bridges they need to grow sustainably, while also creating much-needed jobs.”

The Government of Alberta is providing about $31.5 million in STIP grants in 2021 to support 48 municipal infrastructure projects in communities across Alberta.

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The total eligible cost of the 2021-22 projects is approximately $44.2 million and the municipal contribution total is approximately $12.7 million.

Follow the money

Local Road Bridges Program – 39 projects receiving approximately $16.35 million in provincial funding. The contribution breakdown for this program is 75 per cent provincial and 25 per cent municipal funding.

Resource Road Program – four projects receiving approximately $5.35 million in provincial funding. This program provides 50 per cent provincial and 50 per cent municipal funding, to a maximum provincial grant amount of $3 million per project. Municipalities are encouraged to acquire 25 per cent of their contribution from the private sector that will benefit from the project.

Local Municipal Initiatives – three projects receiving approximately $6.9 million in provincial funding. The provincial/municipal contribution percentages vary based on project scoring.

Community Airport Program – two projects receiving $2.76 million in provincial funding. The contribution breakdown for this program is 75 per cent provincial and 25 per cent municipal funding.