Posted on Apr 4, 2018

April is Daffodil Month

Whether as a patient, a family member, a friend, a colleague or a health care worker, no Albertan’s life is untouched by cancer. While Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre has been providing excellent treatment and care for Calgarians and southern Albertans for many years, the need for a more expansive facility for our growing population is undeniable. The new Calgary Cancer Centre will more than meet that need, and the cancer care needs of the future.

Construction on the Calgary Cancer Centre began in November 2017, and doors will open to patients in 2023. From the thoughtful design to the scope of services to be provided, I am thrilled at what this new facility will represent to Albertans needing both inpatient and outpatient care.

Further to extensive consultations with all stakeholders, the facility has been designed to meet clinical, academic and research needs as a full, comprehensive cancer facility. Not only will services be state-of-the-art, but the building itself is designed to be warm, bright and welcoming. The project’s budget of $1.4 billion is already translating into many jobs for Calgarians. To learn more, visit www.infrastructure.alberta.ca/Calgarycancercentre.htm   

I am also pleased to announce that that this year our government introduced legislation to amend WCB guidelines to include certain reproductive cancers among female firefighters. While the WCB has a list of cancers presumed to be an occupational disease, and hence eligible for WCB-Alberta benefits and support, ovarian and cervical cancers were not previously included on that list. Alberta’s more than 14,000 firefighters are laying their lives on the line every day in the line of duty, and I am happy to see these benefits and support extended to them.