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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced Thursday a $2-billion investment in infrastructure maintenance and renewal projects to keep people working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the projects would include repairs on K-12 schools (roofs, doors, and windows), HVAC updates and mechanical retrofits to post-secondary facilities, upgrading information technology and audio systems in courthouses, work on roads and bridge decks, and filling potholes.
The funds represent a doubling of the province’s 2020-21 spending on capital maintenance and renewal in an effort to create jobs.
Kenney did however stress that contractors taking on these roles would be reminded to make sure they do work safely and abide by public health orders.
Statistics Canada released job numbers Thursday and revealed Alberta lost 117,000 in March due to the novel coronavirus which saw the provinces unemployment rate spike to 8.7 per cent in March, up 7.2 per cent from the month before.
This is part of a major hit to the Canadian economy which lost 1,011,000 jobs in March, pushing the unemployment rate to 7.8 per cent, up from 5.6 per cent in February.
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