City construction contributes to 13,000 jobs
Edmonton’s 2021 construction season has kicked off with 268 capital projects underway, helping to put an estimated 13,000 people to work as we build a dynamic and thriving city.
From bridges and LRT expansion, to freeway conversions and neighbourhood renewal, to new playgrounds and park renewal, the familiar sounds of building a city have begun. This season there will be 268 active construction projects across Edmonton.
“When we build Edmonton, we put businesses and people to work,” said Adam Laughlin, Deputy City Manager for Integrated Infrastructure Services. “The $1 billion that will be spent this year on capital construction is an investment in this city we love. It’s an investment in our future. We are planning and building a city where people want to live, where they feel that they belong, where they have opportunities to thrive, and where they can freely access everything that makes Edmonton great.”
These capital projects help position the City and region for a stronger economic recovery, giving more people an opportunity to help us build our city while helping them provide for themselves and their families. They also provide important economic opportunities to more than 300 companies that are locally-owned or based in Edmonton, from subcontractors to suppliers.
“Seeing hard hats and work boots on construction sites across Edmonton means Albertans are working. From revitalizing parks and paving roads to widening Terwillegar Drive, turning the Yellowhead into a freeway, and building the new Valley Line West LRT, Alberta’s Recovery Plan is creating jobs and supporting growth and quality of life in our capital city. Thank you to the City of Edmonton for their partnership and to the workers who will make all of this happen,” said Ric McIver, Alberta Minister of Transportation and Municipal Affairs.
Overall, 93 per cent of the City’s capital projects are on budget with 79 per cent right on schedule.
“We have ambitious goals this season. But we’ve done it before. 2020 was a major year for construction in Edmonton. We’ll do it again. And safely,” Laughlin said.
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