Affordable housing in Alberta to get some major improvements

Albertans living in social housing are getting treated to some major home improvements thanks to a $90-million joint investment by the federal and provincial government.

Both the province and federal government will each contribute $45-million over the next two years as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

Approximately $45-million in upgrades have already been approved, which include $20.2 million in Calgary.

The improvements will be made to electrical systems, plumbing and ventilation systems, as well as replacing doors, windows and roofs.

"Projects like these are especially valuable right now, because they put construction workers and tradespeople to work quickly, while at the same time providing needed improvements to housing throughout the country" says the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

The upgrades will also be designed to make the homes more energy efficient to not only lower utility costs but reduce the carbon footprint.

There are approximately 8,300 social housing units in Calgary, and around 26,000 across the province.

The homes operate to assist low-income seniors, single parent families, recent immigrants and Aboriginal households.