Slowly the government are addressing the massive growth in population in Calgary. New Calgary Community Schools.



Premier Jim Prentice announced Wednesday, a new phase in a multi-phase plan to build new schools and modernize others in the province.

Phase 3 will result in 55 new schools and 20 modernizations across the province.

That’s on top of previous announcements dating back to 2011.

Calgary will get 12 new schools, including 3 for the Calgary Board of Education.

The new CBE schools will be located in:

  • Silverado
  • Springbank
  • Martindale

Modernizations will take place at:

  • James Fowler High School
  • Lord Beaverbrook High SchoolPremier Prentice says new schools are needed to meet anticipated growth in Alberta’s two largest cities.

Premier Prentice says new schools are urgently needed to meet anticipated growth in Alberta’s two largest cities.

“Edmonton and Calgary in particular are facing a circumstance where there will need to accommodate 5,000 new students each year in each city over the next 7 years”, says Prentice.”

The overall cost of $2 billion includes $43 million in funding for school boards.


“This gives us the opportunity to plan and build forward for our schools and the community. So it’s an exciting time for our parents and our students”, says Joy Bowen-Eyre, Chair of the Calgary Board of Education.

Phase 1, announced in 2011, includes new 35 schools, of which 31 are complete.

Phase 2, announced last year, includes 50 new schools and 70 modernizations.

The province says all but five announced in phase 2 will be ready to accept students in 2016.

But critics say the government has been slow to make good on their promises.

Liberal education critic Kent Hehr says, “You see that in their phase 2 announcement, there is still not a shovel in the ground on any of those 50 news schools.”

The province has appointed a four-member cabinet committee to make sure timelines and targets are met.

Since 2011, the province has announced 32 news schools for Calgary.

A list of schools in the multi-phase plan is on the province’s website at:









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CALGARY - Well-known Toronto condo developer Brad Lamb doesn’t need to be convinced that Calgary has become a hotbed of multi-family residential construction.

The numbers released Wednesday by Canada Mortage and Housing Corp. confirm it as housing starts in that sector are soaring this year.

And Lamb, who was in Calgary on Wednesday, has two major condo developments in the works in the city’s Beltline district, jumping on the trend in new housing construction.

Those include unique projects 6th and Tenth, and The Orchard.

Sixth and Tenth will be 31-storeys with 224 units. Shoring and excavation is currently taking place and Lamb said the project should be completed in about 24 months. The Orchard will consist of two 31-storey towers separated by about a one-acre apple orchard. There will be 432 units. Construction is expected to start next fall between October and December 2015 with completion of the first tower in about 26 months. The second tower would be in the ground about eight months later. The target is to complete both towers within five years.

“This is Alberta’s time and it’s Calgary’s time to build and gentrify the city. You’re going to see within the city core, the Beltline and the downtown, that it will continue to develop with hotels, office buildings and places where people want to live,” said Lamb.

“You have a huge influx of Canadians and immigrants everywhere wanting to live here because it’s a strong job market and that’s going to continue and that means housing growth is going to continue.”

Lamb said the objective is to deliver product that is worldly, beautiful and unique - also with a good and attractive public realm.

The Orchard is located at 5th Street and 12th Avenue S.W. and 6th and Tenth is located at 10th Avenue S.W. and 6th Street S.W.

“We want to deliver buildings that people look at and point to and say well that’s a really great addition to the city core,” he said.

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