Time to Reflect on Our Roots, Reconnect with Family, and Express Gratitude

Calgary Northern Hills

October is a time to reflect on our roots, reconnect with family, and express gratitude for what we have. I am grateful to live in Calgary Northern Hills – where we recently celebrated our community’s incredible accomplishments with the mural wrap-up event, and where we recently celebrated our rich diversity with Alberta Culture Days. We are a strong community of remarkable people.

As post-secondary students settle into the new semester, 406 additional technology seats have been added at Alberta’s colleges and universities this school year. Thanks to investments outlined in the Growth and Diversification Act, Calgary has 216 new spaces, spread between SAIT, U of C, and Bow Valley College. The Growth and Diversification Act is part of the government’s commitment to build a diversified economic future for our province. By 2023, at least 3,000 new tech-related seats will be added to post-secondary institutions across the province, increasing Alberta’s skilled labour in the technology sector and keeping our province competitive in the new economy.

Our government remains focused on getting Albertans to school, work, and appointments. The $215 million Alberta Community Transit Fund is available to municipalities to increase transit availability and ridership, with $115 of this fund coming from Alberta’s Carbon Levy. We are beginning to reap the rewards of this levy, with the legislated requirement that all revenues be invested back into Alberta to grow and diversify our economy.

It’s important that all share in our province’s economic recovery. Alberta Status of Women Grant Program provides funds to not-for-profit and charitable organizations seeking to increase women’s economic security; increase women’s participation in leadership and democracy; and decrease gender-based violence. Not-for-profits and charities can learn more at www.alberta.ca/status-of-women-grant.aspx.

Please know you can contact my office anytime with your concerns. It is always good to hear from constituents.