Calgary’s budget winners

While the NDP released its first provincial budget, many in Calgary were waiting to see what share the city gets in funding.

For the commuters, the government commits $2.9 billion for Calgary and Edmonton’s ring roads over the next five years, but details about how that will be shared have yet to be announced.

To start construction for the Calgary Cancer Centre, the government will fund $830 million. The NDP says the centre is expected to be open by 2024. It’s also shelling out $48 million over five years for the Foothills Medical Centre, $47 for the Peter Lougheed Centre and another $20 million for the South Health Campus.

The Capital Plan includes $926 million for flood recovery and mitigation projects over five years, with $100 million in new funding for the Elbow River mitigation projects. On Monday, the province announced $297 million for projects for the Elbow River.

While students will enjoy the two year tuition freeze, some of their schools are getting an added boost. Mount Royal University’s Library and Learning Centre is receiving $72 million over five years. The University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering is under a five year plan to receive $71 million.

A link to the full budget documents is available online.

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