February 2022 MLA Report – Calgary Beddington – Josephine Pon

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Calgary Beddington

Dear Constituents,

Happy February! Albertans have begun 2022 with their best foot forward, and I look forward to continuing our collective efforts to keep our community safe and healthy.

One of the biggest challenges we face moving forward as a province is dealing with addiction and mental health concerns. It’s why our government is supporting everyday Albertans by building a comprehensive recovery-oriented system of care for those struggling with addiction. This issue has been a priority for our government and in 2019, we committed to funding 4,000 annual treatment spaces. However, we’ve more than doubled our commitment by funding over 8,000 annual treatment, detox, and recovery spaces.

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is helping Albertans access life-saving addiction and mental health-related prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery resources. This $140-million investment is supporting the addition of new treatment spaces at nine different treatment Centres in Calgary including the Alpha House Society, the Calgary Dream Centre, and Fresh Start Addictions Centre.

We have also eliminated daily user fees for all Albertans accessing publicly funded addiction treatment. Historically, Albertans were charged $40 per day, a financial barrier that prevented many people from seeking help. Publicly funded addiction treatment is now completely free for any Albertan.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Addiction Helpline, a 24-7 confidential toll-free service, at 1-866-332-2322, can provide support, information, and referrals to services. Albertans can also visit recoveryaccessalberta.ca to find treatment options.

Statistics Canada revealed in their latest numbers that the good news keeps coming in for Alberta. 11,000 jobs have been added in December 2021, with 130,000 jobs added in all of 2021. This is the highest employment rate in the country! Alberta’s Recovery Plan is working.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Josephine Pon

Your MLA for Calgary-Beddington

MLA – Calgary Beddington Josephine Pon proudly serves the following Communities: Beddington Heights, Country Hills, Huntington Hills, MacEwan Glen, Sandstone Valley