Source: Government of Canada regional news
Through the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP), Alberta’s government provides funding for community groups to invest in facilities that support art, culture, heritage, sport and recreation. This in turn ensures that Albertans can access the programs and services they are looking for close to home. For every CFEP grant dollar invested in a community, up to $3 is raised in the community. In the 2023-24 fiscal year, Alberta’s government is investing more than $42 million in communities through CFEP.
“Investments in key spaces in our communities not only support new activities and programming but uplift residents and build stronger communities. Our government’s investment recognizes the critical role we can play in enhancing local community spaces where many Albertans come together, from hockey rinks and playgrounds to libraries and museums.”
Tanya Fir, Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women
The Sturgeon Hockey Club is one of the many community organizations receiving support in 2023-2024. Each year, the Sturgeon Hockey Club serves Legal and area citizens, providing them with the opportunity to play the good old hockey game that so many Albertans love.
Alberta’s government is proud to provide the assist to the Sturgeon Hockey Club and looks
forward to seeing what work and services the staff and volunteers at the hockey club will be able to create with this investment. A $1 million grant from CFEP will go to improving the Legal Arena, a focal project for local youth and sports.
“The Sturgeon Hockey Club is very excited for the planned improvements that are slated for the Legal Arena. The Legal Arena is critical to the success and longevity of the Sturgeon Hockey Club, and these improvements will make a huge impact for not only the children and families of the Sturgeon Hockey Club but for the entire region. We can’t thank the Alberta government enough for awarding the hockey club this grant.”
Gene Connors, president, Sturgeon Hockey Club
“The Town of Legal would like to sincerely thank the Sturgeon Hockey Club and the Government of Alberta for their ongoing support in making the Legal Arena Complex possible. The town’s retrofit project is more than just a community enhancement project, it is breathing life back into the recreational facility at the heart of our community! We would like to acknowledge the partnerships with organizations like Sturgeon Hockey and the Government of Alberta that improve the quality of life for our families, community and region.”
Trina Jones, mayor, Town of Legal
“As the MLA for Morinville-St.Albert, I have witnessed first-hand the profound impact of the Legal Arena and the Sturgeon Hockey Club on my constituents. Serving as a cornerstone of our community, the hockey club offers countless hockey enthusiasts the chance to engage in this remarkable sport. The rehabilitation of the Legal Arena will not only extend a warm welcome to more Albertans in the charming town of Legal but also invigorate the local economy in the region.”
Dale Nally, MLA for Morinville-St.Albert
CFEP funds a variety of facility enhancement projects across the province, including 41 projects that support the construction or redevelopment of public playgrounds. Additionally, funding from this year’s program will support new or expanded facilities for organizations like the Crowsnest Historical Society, Friends Society of the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives, the Bower Place Community Association and the Village of Nampa Library Board. These organizations, and many more, provide meaningful programming for Albertans of all ages and backgrounds.
“Investing in community recreation infrastructure binds communities together, builds community spirit and provides new opportunities for residents and our youth to get active in sports. These rehabilitation projects across the province create economic growth by helping spur the desire for Albertans to visit new areas of the province, whether it’s for a hockey tournament or a weekend getaway.”
Joseph Schow, Minister of Sport and Tourism
- Budget 2023 committed $50 million in funding to CFEP – a 23 per cent increase from Budget 2022.
- The CFEP small stream supports smaller projects with up to $125,000, while the CFEP large stream supports projects with funding from $125,000 up to $1 million.
- CFEP requires matching funding that is equal to or exceeds the funding amount provided by the province.
- Community Facility Enhancement Program
- Previous Grants Recipients Databasee