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Message from Councillor Ward Sutherland
 
The City of Calgary has launched YYC Matters – a website outlining the City’s priorities that we would like to see held as highly important by our next Provincial leader.
 
I encourage everyone to visit www.yycmatters.ca to inform yourself of key priorities that impact our city for years to come. Arm yourselves with these key questions when a candidate comes knocking on your door. Why? A strong Calgary means a strong Alberta.
 
Remember, YYC MATTERS!
 
YYC Matters - Provincial Election 2019
 
The Provincial Government has announced the spring election will be held on Tuesday, April 16th.  These are uncertain times for many Calgarians. This provincial election is pivotal to the future prosperity and quality of life in our city.
 
The 2019 provincial election is pivotal to the future of Calgary for a multitude of reasons. Given its importance, The City identified an urgent need to encourage citizens to vote for political platforms that ultimately protect and enhance the future prosperity and wonderful quality of life we enjoy in Calgary.
 
At the direction of the Intergovermental Affairs Committee (IGA) of Council, The City launched the YYC Matters website and information campaign on March 11th urging Calgarians to inform and educate themselves on The City’s key priorities and associated political party positions. YYC Matters is The City’s forum to highlight and promote our city’s key priorities in the context of this provincial election.
 
Election 2019: What are they doing for Calgary?
 
These are uncertain times for many Calgarians. This provincial election is pivotal to the future prosperity and quality of life in our city. So, it begs one important question: “What are they doing for Calgary?”
 
We don’t really know ourselves, so we asked Alberta’s main political parties. We posed a series of questions to them, relating to The City’s key priorities. Among these questions, we asked about:
 
* building the Springbank Reservoir;
* protecting our city from future flooding;
* funding the full length of the Greenline;
* funding low-income transit passes;
* funding affordable housing; and finally
* why are we paying twice for recycling?
 
Get the answers to these questions and more starting on April 8th when The City begins to post their responses to www.yycmatters.ca
 
YYC Matters
 
YYC Matters is The City’s forum to highlight and promote our city’s key priorities in the context of this provincial election.
Why Calgary matters.
 
Calgary has long been the economic engine for Alberta and Canada. For Calgary’s growth to continue – and it must continue – we need support from the Province to create a new future and compete in a modern, global economy.
 
Promoting Economic Recovery for Calgarians
 
Calgary is working hard towards a new and changed economy. The City is looking to the Province to support new tools and investments to help create that future.
 
Honouring Commitments to Calgarians
 
The City wants to ensure the Province honours commitments made to Calgarians now and in the future.
Supporting Calgarians through the Recovery
The City is committed to working with the Province to make life more affordable for Calgarians.
 
Closing Calgary’s Infrastructure Gap
 
New provincial investments in infrastructure can help ease the impact of our challenging economy by creating jobs and keeping communities safe, resilient and vibrant.
 
You can do something yourself!
 
Visit yycmatters.ca and inform yourselves and other Calgarians on the key issues that will impact our city for years to come:
 
•  Educate and debate!
•  Ask a Candidate: What are you doing for Calgary?
•  Make your vote an informed vote!
 
Have questions? Contact 311.
 
Below are some of The City's key priorities. For the full list, click here or view YYC Matter's visual guide.
 
Infrastructure Gap
 
•  The City of Calgary has a ten-year infrastructure gap of approximately $5.67 billion.
•  Provincial funding support is required for several high priority infrastructure projects including; BMO Center expansion, Field House, Arts Commons and flood mitigation.
•  New provincial investments in infrastructure can help ease the impact of our challenging economy by creating jobs and keeping
communities safe, resilient and vibrant.
 
Downtown Recovery & Tools to Support Calgary Businesses
 
•  Despite important investments, Calgary has the highest unemployment rate in the country (March 2019 - 7.4% in Calgary and 5.8% in Canada)
•  The City of Calgary is working to address the current situation.
•  The province could support Calgary’s local efforts by: investing in critical infrastructure, providing incentives to the film and television industry, implementing a cap on property tax, and investing in The City’s Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund to grow new businesses.  
 
Schools
 
•  Schools are a core part of any community, and vital to fostering resilient youth and families.
•  Building complete communities that include schools is a shared responsibility between the City, province and local school boards.
•  We must ensure school planning and construction timelines are better aligned with community build out.
 
 
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