Posted on May 16, 2017

Announcement of CARES funding for Spruce Grove and Alexander First Nation

I was delighted to make a CARES funding announcement on behalf of Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous. This is great news for Northwest Central Alberta and my riding of Spruce Grove-St. Albert!

The City of Spruce Grove has received $50, 000 to support a City Centre Revitalization study, and the Alexander First Nation has received $14, 875 for their feasibility study on a new fire hall and training facility.

This funding is made possible by the new CARES program. CARES, or Community and Regional Economic Support, supports municipalities, First Nations, Métis Settlements, and communities in projects that drive economic development, diversification, and sustainability.

Economic diversification was key to our platform, and the long term benefits of growing and supporting multiple industries are significant. Seeing our communities invest in growth and new opportunities is truly exciting, and I look forward to seeing the results of these projects.

Spruce Grove's City Centre project will set the groundwork for attracting new and diverse businesses to the city while supporting more cultural and entertainment activity downtown. The Alexander First Nation's study explores the feasibility of a permanent fire hall, allowing the First Nation to better support themselves and assist their neighbours. The training facility would focus on safety, especially in regards to the oil and gas industry.