Alberta Infrastructure Act and 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan: Engagement Opportunity

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

"Good morning,

As part of our government’s commitment to invest in public infrastructure projects that will help build a prosperous future and benefit Albertans for years to come, we need your input. On June 22, 2020, I was pleased to announce (see news release) our engagement on two key commitments, the Alberta Infrastructure Act and 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan.

Our government is preparing to bring forward the Alberta Infrastructure Act, which is intended to serve as a legislated governance framework for capital planning in Alberta. The Alberta Infrastructure Act supports the government’s commitment to transparent and rigorous capital funding decisions, and will help Albertans better understand how their taxpayer money is spent on capital infrastructure. In addition, the Alberta Infrastructure Act will also legislate the release and regular review of a 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan.

The 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan will serve as a high-level framework for future provincial decisions on priority infrastructure projects. The 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan will reflect how Alberta is anticipated to change over the next 20 years, and what that means for how infrastructure is designed and used by Albertans for generations to come. The 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan will not be a definitive list of infrastructure projects, nor will it provide specific funding levels. It is intended to be a visionary document that considers long-term trends, potential impacts and priorities for provincial infrastructure, and how our government will meet the needs of Albertans into the future.

As a leader in your field, it is important you have a say in how Alberta plans for and prioritizes its capital funding. With input from our key stakeholders, our government can ensure that we have the information we need to develop the Alberta Infrastructure Act and 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan that suits the needs of Albertans for years to come. The Government of Alberta has created a survey on alberta.ca, where you are encouraged to share your feedback on the Alberta Infrastructure Act and 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan. You can find the survey here along with background information about the Alberta Infrastructure Act and 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan.

The survey will remain open until August 10, 2020, and you are also welcome to send written submissions as additional input via email to infras.engagement@gov.ab.ca by August 10, 2020. We understand that there are many emergent priorities you and your organization may be facing due to the impacts of COVID-19, and we hope you will be able to send your feedback and ideas for capital planning during this seven week window.

Now more than ever we are seeing the importance of strategic investment in Alberta’s buildings, roads, bridges, and more. Infrastructure is a critical part of Alberta’s recovery plan as a key driver of our economy, public services and our government’s finances. These investments are vital to stimulating our economy and keeping Albertans working during times of uncertainty and economic downturn. We want to get this right, and your feedback is critical to the development of this important work.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this engagement opportunity. If you have any immediate questions please do not hesitate to reach out to infras.engagement@gov.ab.ca.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

 

Prasad Panda

Minister"

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