Alberta Funding Infrastructure Improvements To Legal And Justice-Related Facilities
Good news for law firms operating in Alberta like MyDefence.ca¸ as the provincial government is investing $36mn to five justice-related facilities, aimed at improving these facilities, which include the Calgary courthouse.
Alberta Justice Minister and Solicitor General issued a statement on the move, saying that the projects are all about ensuring that the facilities chosen are in optimal condition, while also helping the province’s economy and providing job openings for Albertans.
The funding is comprised of the following:
- The Calgary Correctional Centre will receive $6.3mn for new boilers to replace the old ones, $4.9mn for the replacement of its exterior cellblock window assembly, as well as $1.2mn and $175,000 for the upgrading of the fire alarm system and installing a complimentary cellblock smoke evacuation system.
- Certain correctional centre buildings in the Spy Hill Complex will receive $5mn to replace their roofs, $5mn for the replacement of an underground sewer line, $4mn for new pedestrian walkways, and $95,000 for landscaping.
- Calgary Remand Centre will receive $1.3mn for the replacement of its chillers, air handling units and the associated controls, $300,000for the replacements of the mechanical system controls, compressors, and the water-cooled chiller in the kitchen, $800,000 for replacing the air conditioning, heating, and ventilation, and $650,000 for the modernization of the elevator.
- Calgary Courts Centre will receive $3.67mn for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning repairs, and $180,000 for replacing the optical turnstiles
- The Court of Appeal building will get $2.5mn to move up to new high-efficiency boilers
Broadly speaking, the investments are all about improving access to justice, an important matter for the legal field and law firms like MyDefence.ca, across Calgary, while also providing the province with around 200 well-paying jobs.
Of the total investments, $10mn is shared between governments at the federal and provincial levels via the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program COVID-19 Resilience stream. The remaining funds will be provided by Alberta, via its Accelerated Capital Maintenance and Renewal Initiative, aimed at improving local economies, providing jobs, and dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the public.
All of these are part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, a long-term strategy by the provincial government aimed at building, diversifying, and generating jobs and constructing infrastructure across the province, with the goal of attracting investors to the province.