Infrastructure investments that move Calgary forward.
Investing in projects that build much-needed infrastructure to Move Calgary Forward and deliver value for Calgarians is what the five year capital investment plan and the approved capital budget (2012-2016) is all about. The explosive growth in Calgary’s population over the last decade, aging of existing facilities and the ability to take advantage of the efficiencies offered by new technologies has driven the need for a massive investment in capital projects for Calgary.
In November 2008, City Council approved a five year capital budget and associated investment plan to strategically invest in core infrastructure, address the needs of our rapidly growing city, and stimulate the local economy. It’s working. This capital infrastructure plan will:
- Expand the transportation system to facilitate the movement of goods and people.
- Increase community safety.
- Enhance Calgary’s neighbourhoods through community development.
- Protect the environment and public health.
- Support the delivery of municipal services and programs through safe, reliable infrastructure.
The new five-year capital budget calls for $4.82 billion in infrastructure spending over the 2012-2016 timeframe. In addition to new infrastructure builds and acquisitions, the capital plan includes a mix of maintenance and upgrade projects – acknowledging that needs for new infrastructure must be balanced against The City’s obligations for existing infrastructure in older communities.
To learn more about the goals of the capital plan, priorities, initiatives and project investments in each of our five priority areas for 2012 – 2017, please click on one of the capital investment plan tabs below.
Initiatives that address community safety are contained in the Emergency Response Infrastructure Investment Plan (ERIIP) and Municipal Police Assistance Grant.
These capital initiatives include a prioritized list of needs for The Calgary Police Service, Fire, Animal & Bylaw Services and Public Safety Communications (9-1-1) and are focused on:
- Infrastructure to ensure quality protective services.
- Investment in new land, stations, infrastructure, equipment and technology.
- Lifecycle maintenance, upgrades and replacement of security systems, technology infrastructure and equipment.
- Replacement of mechanical, electrical and architectural components of facilities.
Capital initiatives that address our quality of life are the primarily focus of the Culture, Parks and Recreation Infrastructure Investment Plan (CPRIIP).
These capital initiatives include a prioritized list of needs for Parks, Recreation, Community & Neighborhood Services and civic partner organizations and are focused on:
- Building and maintaining great public spaces and places - parks, gardens, playgrounds, pathways – that enrich lives.
- New recreational and sport facilities to address growth in demand and support community well-being.
- Collaboration with partners involved in community infrastructure and assets that promote an attractive, livable city such as recreation facilities, arts, libraries and cultural facilities.
- Lifecycle maintenance, upgrades and improvements to community parks, sports fields, golf courses and recreation facilities.
The Transportation Infrastructure Investment Plan (TIIP) addresses initiatives to improve Transit traffic flow, support a balanced system that optimizes the road network while constructing new transportation infrastructure to facilitate the movement of goods and people.
This investment plan defines transportation initiatives over a ten year period and identifies priorities and timing for all infrastructure projects in the Transportation department, including:
- Building transportation infrastructure to minimize traffic congestion, support business and tourism, and promote viable mobility choices.
- Building strategic transportation infrastructure – West LRT, NE and NW LRT extensions, road widening, interchanges and bridges.
- Increasing the supply of safe, secure and well-maintained public transit–park‘ n ride facilities, buses, light rail vehicles, buildings and stations.
- Implementing strategic investments and maintaining facilities for pedestrians and bicycles.
The initiatives that fall into this category of infrastructure investment are focused on development and delivery of facilities, programs and services to conserve, protect and enhance the environment and public health.
These initiatives Includes a mix of maintenance and upgrade capital projects as well as new growth, including:
- Water conservation and treatment to maintain quality drinking water.
- Waste management and recycling.
Municipal sustainability and affordable housing
The Corporate-Level Infrastructure Investment Plan (CLIIP) addresses projects that provide safe, reliable infrastructure to support the delivery of municipal services and programs and includes:
- Increases to Calgary’s affordable housing supply.
- Maintenance upgrades to ensure existing infrastructure and vehicles are safe and reliable.
- Lifecycle maintenance and replacement of structural, mechanical and electrical components of existing facilities.
- Maintenance, replacement and upgrades to existing architecture and systems.
- Maintenance and/or replacement of existing equipment and tools required to deliver programs and services.
- Green building design and construction.
- Greening our infrastructure while conserving energy (e.g. SMART cars).