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Advocating for Healthcare and EMS

Healthcare is a function and responsibility of the Provincial government. Decisions around funding for healthcare resources are made at the Provincial level. The City of Airdrie advocates on behalf of residents for the gaps in healthcare needs to be filled and for more resources to be allocated to our community.

Airdrie Urgent Care Centre roof line with blue skyRecently the Government of Alberta has allocated:

  • $3 million for the planning of a North Calgary/Airdrie Regional Healthcare Centre
  • $8.4 million for upgrades to the Airdrie Urgent Care Centre

It’s important to note that planning dollars are not a commitment for a hospital and even with committed construction funding, it takes years to build, staff and open a large healthcare facility.

Facts about Airdrie Urgent Care Centre and Healthcare resources in Airdrie

Source: Alberta Medical Association, Communities in Crisis Report, Airdrie.

  • Airdrie Urgent Care Centre (AUCC) expanded operating hours to offer health services 24 hours a day, seven days a week in April 2017.
  • AUCC currently offers 13 treatment spaces, x-ray and limited laboratory testing. That is one space per 6,171 residents. (That's 3 times the number in other urban centres.)
  • AUCC sees upwards of 46,000 patients per year, reporting an average of 139 patients per day with peak volumes recently surpassing 150 per day.
  • On average, 20 patients per day leave without being seen or against medical advice, frustrated at the length of wait. This does not include those patients who walk in, see an overcrowded waiting room and decide to leave before checking in.
  • In the summer of 2022, due to staffing challenges, AUCC had to temporarily reduce services for a five-week period. The facility returned to 24/7 service August 19.
  • There are no dedicated walk-in clinic services in Airdrie.

How can you support Airdrie’s advocacy efforts to improve Healthcare?

  • Write a letter - Send letters or emails to your MLA, Cabinet Ministers, the Premier or a Letter to the Editor in the newspaper
  • Spread the word - Share this page and the City's social media posts to help inform others
  • Check back often - watch this page for updates and new advocacy efforts 


Providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a responsibility of the provincial government. The Province determines the number of EMS resources dedicated to each community and through Alberta Health Services (AHS), coordinates the system in which EMS resources operate.