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Promoting Calgary's Economic Recovery

Support economic transformation

 

Calgary matters to the 2021 Federal Election. Calgary's priorities include supporting economic transformation through key infrastructure investments in the following areas:

Permanent, higher funding for infrastructure from the Canada Community Building Fund


 

Municipalities are responsible for more than 60 percent of the community infrastructure that supports our economy and quality of life. These are the roads, bridges, recreation centres, wastewater facilities—and more—that people and businesses rely on every single day. The Parliamentary Budget Office has been critical of the Government of Canada for its failure to get promised infrastructure dollars out the door. This is due in part to the need to negotiate agreements with provincial governments. Direct funding to municipalities, like the Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly the federal Gas Tax Fund), is the best tool to get federal dollars spent quickly on local projects that matter the most to Canadians.

Question:  Does your party commit to a permanent doubling of the Canada Community Building Fund (formerly known as the Gas Tax Fund) or other mechanisms to directly and permanently fund the renewal and construction of municipal infrastructure? What are your party’s plans in this regard?

 

Answer from the Conservative Party

Thank you for your survey request. As you can imagine, we receive plenty of correspondence, surveys and questionnaires. While we intend to respond to all of them, we are dealing with a short window in which to do so. In the meantime, I encourage you to view and share our platform with your members which is a comprehensive plan for all Canadians and speaks to issues related to Calgarians.

Learn more at https://www.conservative.ca/

Answer from the Green Party

Answer from the Liberal Party

Through the pandemic, the City of Calgary continued to demonstrate the importance of investing in community infrastructure,  and our Liberal government was proud to support the City’s efforts.

Our Liberal government acknowledged that core infrastructure like roads, bridges, community centres, and water and wastewater plants are the backbone of communities, and that some of this infrastructure was put at risk due to the pandemic. That is why we brought forward legislation offering a one-time investment of $2.2 billion to address infrastructure priorities in municipalities and First Nations communities, doubling the federal government’s regular funding for municipalities and First Nations communities from the Gas Tax Fund. A new Community-Building Fund will continue to support municipalities and create good local jobs.

In Budget 2021, we also committed $22.6 million to conduct Canada’s first ever National Infrastructure Assessment. This assessment will help all orders of government make informed decisions about infrastructure projects.

Learn more at https://liberal.ca/our-platform/.

Answer from the Maverick Party

Answer from the New Democratic Party (NDP)

Unfortunately, despite talking a lot about infrastructure, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has failed to provide the needed investments, and cities and towns across the country are dealing with a massive infrastructure deficit as a result. Our cities deserve better. They deserve a government that’s going to invest in public infrastructure and be there as a partner for community building projects. An NDP government will double the Canada Community-Building Fund and partner with provinces, territories, and municipalities to deliver reliable public infrastructure funding for projects that put people, rather than private profits, first. 

Learn more at https://www.ndp.ca/commitments.

Answer from the People's Party

Strategy for supporting Calgary's downtown recovery


 

Calgary’s downtown office vacancies are 32.6 %, contributing to a $16 billion loss in property value since 2015. However, we must focus on the future. Calgary’s downtown will not go back the way it was before the pandemic, let alone 5-10 years ago, because of changes to our energy industry and where and how people work. We must take bold steps now to implement necessary changes and make decisive moves quickly to transform and reinvent our downtown for decades to come. The City of Calgary has already made important investments in our downtown’s transformation. We need other orders of government to step up and provide additional funding for office building conversions into residential towers, invest in important downtown infrastructure and commit to a tripartite conversation about downtown’s recovery.

Question: What is your party’s plan to support Calgary’s downtown recovery?

 

Answer from the Conservative Party

Thank you for your survey request. As you can imagine, we receive plenty of correspondence, surveys and questionnaires. While we intend to respond to all of them, we are dealing with a short window in which to do so. In the meantime, I encourage you to view and share our platform with your members which is a comprehensive plan for all Canadians and speaks to issues related to Calgarians.

Learn more at https://www.conservative.ca/

Answer from the Green Party

Answer from the Liberal Party

Investments by the federal government represent more than 8 out of every 10 dollars spent in Canada to fight COVID-19 and support Canadians. These investments include the Rapid Housing Initiative and the historic Safe Restart Agreement, which provided over $19 billion in federal funding to help provinces, territories, and municipalities like Calgary safely restart the economy. The Safe Restart Agreement increased testing and contact tracing, reinforced capacity in our health care systems, and gave municipalities the funding they needed to deliver essential services like transit and housing support.

From the very beginning of the pandemic, our approach has been clear. We have done whatever it takes to help Canadians through this crisis. We have invested in every necessary public health measure. We have supported Canadians and Canadian businesses. We have worked to ensure the Canadian economy is poised for a strong recovery. Canadians and communities requiring additional support from the federal government can trust that a re-elected Liberal Government will deliver that support.

You can trust that a re-elected Liberal Government will support projects like Sierra Place. We will double our existing Budget 2021 commitment to $600 million to support the conversion of empty office and retail space into market-based housing. We’ll convert space in the federal portfolio, and commercial buildings. We will work with municipalities to create a fast-track system for permits to allow faster conversion of existing buildings, helping maintain the vibrancy of urban communities. We will also permanently increase funding to the National Housing Co-investment fund by a total of $2.7 billion over 4 years, more than double its current allocation.

Learn more at https://liberal.ca/our-platform/.

Answer from the Maverick Party

Answer from the New Democratic Party (NDP)

Calgary and Alberta have been the driving force of our national economy for years and, as we work to transition to a low-carbon economy, will continue to power our economy going forward. An NDP government will be there as a partner for Calgary and for Alberta as they manage this transition. A New Democrat government will work with the city of Calgary to support the diversification of the economy, the transformation of existing infrastructure and the construction of new infrastructure, and create the new good jobs that families deserve. 

Learn more at https://www.ndp.ca/commitments.

Answer from the People's Party

Multisport fieldhouse


 

The federal government can support Calgary’s economic recovery by investing in needed public infrastructure; one such project is constructing a multisport fieldhouse. Calgary is the only major Canadian city without a proper indoor facility for athletics and other field sports. A fieldhouse has been at the top of The City’s capital priorities for several years, but it has been difficult to find the funding to build it.

Question: Does your party commit to funding a portion of the construction of this important community facility?

 

Answer from the Conservative Party

Thank you for your survey request. As you can imagine, we receive plenty of correspondence, surveys and questionnaires. While we intend to respond to all of them, we are dealing with a short window in which to do so. In the meantime, I encourage you to view and share our platform with your members which is a comprehensive plan for all Canadians and speaks to issues related to Calgarians.

Learn more at https://www.conservative.ca/

Answer from the Green Party

Answer from the Liberal Party

Our Liberal government committed $1.9 billion to support the arts, culture, heritage, and sport sectors through the pandemic and help them recover. Projects like the Multi-sport Fieldhouse are the kind of projects we want to see built across the country, particularly as we make strides to encourage an active recovery from the pandemic and building on Calgary’s tremendous heritage of sport. We are committed to working with all orders of government to make these projects a reality. To continue to support arts, culture, heritage, and sport, a re-elected Liberal government will:

  • Launch a new Arts and Culture Recovery Program that will match ticket sales for performing arts, live theatres, and other cultural venues to compensate for reduced capacity.
  • Extend COVID-related insurance coverage for media production stoppages to support 150,000 Canadian jobs.
  • Implement a COVID-19 transitional support program to provide emergency relief to out-of-work artists, craftsmen, creators, and authors who are primarily self-employed or independent contractors.
  • Ensure the realities of artists and cultural workers are considered in upcoming reforms to the Employment Insurance (EI) system.
  • Protect Canadian artists, creators, and copyright holders by making changes to the Copyright Act, including amending the Act to allow resale rights for artists.
  • Hold a summit, within the first 100 days, on plans to restart the industry.

Learn more at https://liberal.ca/our-platform/.

Answer from the Maverick Party

Answer from the New Democratic Party (NDP)

As noted above, an NDP government will double the Canada Community-Building Fund and partner with provinces, territories, and municipalities to deliver reliable public infrastructure funding for projects that put people, rather than private profits, first. Once elected, we will be happy to sit down with municipal officials in Calgary to look at a detailed proposal for the fieldhouse.

Learn more at https://www.ndp.ca/commitments.

Answer from the People's Party

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