The County of Grande Prairie is set to receive $2,674,793 in provincial Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) funding to be allocated toward water and wastewater services for new school site preparation at Five Mile Hall, in the east County.

The provincial stimulus funding is aimed at helping Alberta communities recover from the economic challenges posed by COVID-19 and the downturn in energy prices.

The MSP funds will reduce the County’s overall site servicing project costs to an estimated $4.23 million. Work includes extending and installing water and sewer lines; constructing a sewer lift station; and upgrading power and natural gas to the site. Peace Wapiti Public School Division has plans underway to design and construct a new K-8 school on the site in the near future to serve residents in the area.

The services will also facilitate development of the site to provide future capacity for a future high school, and potential recreational and community amenities.

The County anticipates that servicing work for the site, located at Range Road 53 and Township Road 714 northeast, should be completed in summer 2021. Detailed design of the water and sewer as well as power and natural gas infrastructure is underway, with tendering expected in December.

The infrastructure project is part of the County’s overall commitment to encourage community development across the region.

In July, the Alberta Government announced it would provide municipalities with new infrastructure funding through the Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP). The funding aims to position communities to support local jobs and participate in future economic growth.

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“I feel the most compassionate thing we can do right now is create jobs for Albertans. The Municipal Stimulus Program provides vital infrastructure dollars to our municipal partners, so they can invest in Alberta’s economic recovery. I want to see visibly local results in community after community across Alberta and this program is creating those results. We are protecting Albertans today and building Alberta for tomorrow.” – Honourable Tracy Allard, Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs and MLA for Grande Prairie

“Alberta’s economy has been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why it was critically important that Alberta’s Government release and fast-track Alberta’s Recovery Plan to ensure that core infrastructure projects like this stimulate our economy and create good jobs now. This investment will ensure that Grande Prairie and surrounding area is equipped with the necessary infrastructure to generate long-term and sustainable economic growth. I am pleased to see this Municipal Stimulus investment in our community and I look forward to seeing this project come to fruition.” – Honourable Travis Toews, Alberta Minister of Treasury Board and Finance and MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti

“The County of Grande Prairie sincerely appreciates this boost from the Province to help sustain and develop our community. This funding plays a critical role in supporting our efforts to continue to meet key infrastructure needs for our citizens and region, especially due to financial pressures from COVID-19 and changes to our economic reality.” – Leanne Beaupre, Reeve, County of Grande Prairie

“Peace Wapiti Public School Division values the County of Grande Prairie’s ongoing collaboration in support of education. Their provision of serviced school sites is vital to our ability to educate rural students where they live, while reducing lengthy bus rides. We are appreciative of today’s infrastructure funding announcement and the continued commitment of our municipal and provincial partners in improving education in our area.” – Bob Stewart, Superintendent, Peace Wapiti Public School Division

Media Contacts:

Alberta Municipal Affairs
Press Secretary
Justin Marshall
780-913-0264 

Leanne Beaupre, Reeve
County of Grande Prairie
780-814-3121

Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Press Secretary
Jerrica Goodwin
780 415-4855                                                                      

Angela Sears
Communications Officer
Peace Wapiti Public School Division
780-357-5224