“It’s vitally important to get outside the Legislature walls, meet with people face-to-face in their communities, hear from them, and learn more about their issues,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “It is also important to get additional feedback on my government’s plan to prepare Alberta to lead Canada out of the global recession.”
Groups of Cabinet ministers will travel to dozens of communities in all regions of the province over more than a dozen separate dates in April, May and June. They will be meeting with local elected officials and business and community groups.
“An important part of our job is listening to Albertans. We’ve made a commitment to communicate better and these Cabinet visits to communities across Alberta are one way we are fulfilling that promise,” said Premier Stelmach.
Alberta renews commitment to Canada’s largest Habitat for Humanity partnership
Sixty-eight hard-working Alberta families will soon achieve their dream of home ownership, as the Alberta government and Habitat for Humanity have joined forces once again to increase the supply of affordable housing across the province.
The province is investing $6 million to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable housing in Calgary, Edmonton, Brooks, Camrose, Lethbridge, Olds, Red Deer, Lloydminster and the South Peace area.
The Habitat for Humanity program reduces barriers to home ownership and helps make affordable housing attainable for low- to moderate-income Albertans. All Habitat homes are built by volunteers. In order to qualify for the home, Habitat families must be able to carry a mortgage and contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” while building the structure.
The Government of Alberta is the largest single contributor to Habitat for Humanity in Canada. Over the past two years, the province has contributed $12 million to Habitat for Humanity, including this year’s $6 million investment. Provincial support was awarded following a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process designed to leverage government funding with private-sector and not-for-profit dollars.
As the MLA for Drumheller-Stettler, I am always available to assist constituents. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Alberta Cabinet ministers’ tour, Alberta’s investments in Habitat for Humanity, or any other matter, please contact one of my constituency offices at 310-0000 – Stettler 403-742-4284; Hanna 403-854-4333; Drumheller 403-823-8181; or in Edmonton at 780-427-2137.