Travis Toews, Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement. • Municipal infrastructure will receive $5.6 billion in funding, including previously committed rapid transit funding. published_date | Publish on this future date. Political rhetoric aside, the United Conservative governments Capital Plan reflects a spending increase over the Notley Government, who in their final budget, forecast an average capital plan spend of $5.98 billion by the end of 2022-23. Alberta Budget 2020: Highlights and top line numbers Back to video • Total debt continues to rise, growing to $77 billion this fiscal year and $87.8 billion by 2022-23; Frustration in the face of job losses and service cuts from public unions, teachers, doctors, and students is reaching a boiling point and will need to be addressed as the government continues to determine and refine the policy direction of dozens of important files. The Kenney Government’s plan to balance the books will impact everyone, including the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and the Status of Women. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. Several new projects are mentioned. Bill 1, Critical Infrastructure Defence Act, Hon. Two rapid transit projects, the Calgary Green Line LRT expansion and Edmonton’s LRT projects, should finally receive their government funding. Then the government notes that Canada is 3rd in the world for meeting environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, a reminder to critics everywhere that the Alberta oil and gas industry is responsible. The government’s revenue, economic growth, and oil price forecasts are drawing the ire of commentators, the opposition and critics as overly optimistic. The private sector forecasts that the government uses to model their projections have the province’s economy growing between 1.6% and 2.4% in 2020. It is more optimistic than we might expect, some of which is reflected in the tone of the speech and some in the Government’s growth projections. Provincial-Federal relations will play a large role in either energizing or upsetting the Government of Alberta’s plans for job growth and energy industry revitalization. This would imply a reduction of $15.6 billion, or 24%, on a ten-year Capital Plan.

He certainly wouldn’t have predicted the outbreak of a dangerous new strain of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

Oil markets are notoriously volatile and can certainly rebound over 2020 but here too, the government’s projections are being met with some skepticism. Western Canada Select   is projected at $51 but is trading at $33 today, a 35% difference. Sign up to receive daily headline news from the Calgary Herald, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. Costs are up because caseloads are up. A commitment to rural health care is expressed through a $35 million over three years Rural Health Facilities Revitalization Program. • Alberta’s budget deficit forecast for 2020-21 is $6.8 billion. Jason Kenney, Bill 2, Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Amendment Act, 2020, Hon. The highly publicized decision to provide capital funding to the Glenbow Museum (or Glenbow Alberta Institute) involved Minister Aheer but came out of the Capital Plan. 2020 Budget Information Updated: March 30, 2020. • Operating spending will be reduced by $813 million and 1,436 full-time public sector positions will be eliminated. On February 27, 2020, the University of Alberta received an 11% cut to our provincial funding in the Government of Alberta’s 2020 budget.This reduction in provincial funding includes an overall 8.9% cut to our Campus Alberta grant and another 2% reduction from the elimination of targeted enrolment expansion as a separately funded item.

Budget 2020 takes a measured approach to fiscal management focused on getting Albertans back to work, making life better for Albertans, and standing up for Alberta. This is largely due to changes in support for the Alberta film and  television industry. The 2020 Capital Plan document states, “The province’s net capital assets, per capita, are still higher than every other province. from Ontario has spent money to buy Facebook ads encouraging Canadians to sign his anti-oil sands petition. The Budget of course speaks of the spending reductions set in motion in last fall’s budget, but it doesn’t dwell on them.

Please note: the 2020-23 Fiscal Plan Update was added on March 20, 2020, to reflect an additional $500 million in 2020-21 to the Ministry of Health for the provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic to keep Albertans safe. replacedby_title | Is Replaced By - Title, hastranslation_title | Has Translation - Title, usageconsiderations | Usage Considerations. Education funding is up in Budget 2020 with total operating expenses pegged at $8.3 billion, an increase of $100 million from last year. The US presidential election, COVID-19, and other wildcards have the potential to derail or bolster the Government’s success. ISBN: 9781460147153; ISSN: 2369-0127 (PDF). The budget accounts for a new funding model that averages student numbers over three years. © 2020 Calgary Herald, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans. However, enrollment growth and requiring school boards to dip into reserves has left the Government of Alberta exposed to criticism for not spending even more. It’s revival under the UCP in Budget 2020 is backstopped by $164 million in capital funds over the next three years. It reviewed Alberta’s spending and concluded that Alberta’s net public capital stock must fall in line with other province’s over time. The government is projecting WTI to trade at $58 in 2020, however is trading 19% lower today at $47.

Spending in the 2020-21 fiscal year will shrink by 2.9%. In the meantime, significant increases to the program are seen in 2021 estimates to a total of $993 million (both operating and capital) and will decrease to $897 million in 2022 and cease to exist by the final year of the government’s mandate pending its replacement as per the yet to be proclaimed Local Government Fiscal Framework Act. The province has also followed through on plans to reform the Alberta Seniors Benefit by removing non-senior spouses and dependents from the program while introducing a co-pay for higher income seniors. The province is quick to point out that this represents a record level of health care spending in Alberta and among the highest per capita in the country. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Read more about cookies here. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. As Budget 2020 notes, for the first time in years, this year will see significant progress on long delayed pipelines. United States Presidential Election Part 2, A Spooky Start to the Legislative Session, The Daily Struggles beneath the Pandemic Headlines, $5.6 billion for direct municipal support, $2.7 billion for capital maintenance and renewal of public infrastructure, $353 million for family social supports and housing, $288 million for post-secondary infrastructure. All will hurt the Alberta economy, all will leave Alberta workers worse off, and all were (mostly) out of his control, a feeling that finance ministers everywhere know only too well. Expansion of private sector in surgical and continuing care. We’ll have to wait to find out, however we know that the Alberta Government is nothing if not bold. Conservative Party of Canada, Leadership Debate (English), Conservative Party of Canada, Leadership Debate (French), Last day of Session (Alberta Legislature), Conservative Party of Canada, Leadership Election, Liberal Party of Canada, National Convention. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site.

Children’s Services budget is $1.6 billion, a 15% increase.

The future of the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, a subject of consternation, is uncertain. Their grants became tax credits and were shifted over to the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

The Alberta Supportive Living Initiative (ASLI) is making a comeback. Minister Toews told the legislature that Alberta’s revenue will grow by an eye popping 7.8% over the next two years, with most of the growth coming from income taxes, bitumen royalties and federal transfers.

TC Energy has announced that they have purchased almost 100% of the right of way for Keystone XL and will begin construction in August. We encountered an issue signing you up. This has led to a small increase in funding for accredited private schools, up $3 million from last year to $177 million in Budget 2020.

The government’s spending restraint continues as operating spending will be reduced by $813 million and 1,436 full time positions will be eliminated across the public sector. Hon. In order to continue to find the internal savings need to meet the outer year targets of Budget 2020, the Government of Alberta may need to use some of the other policy levers recommended in the Ernst & Young review of Alberta Health Services. Total funding to municipalities, which includes both provincial and federal funding, is forecast to average $2.2 billion a year from 2020-21 through to 2022-23. • The Government of Alberta is spending $75 million over the next three years to develop an Investment and Growth Strategy to reverse the trend of capital flight. In many respects Budget 2020 seems to be out of step with the times. However, Budget 2020 no longer lists it as a line item. Grant Hunter, Bill 3, Home Sites Tenancies Amendment Act, 2020, Hon. This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. The challenge however is figuring out how to get Alberta LNG to market. Under the new model, municipalities will pay 10% of costs in 2020, 15% in 2021, 20% in 2022, maxing out at 30% of costs in 2023. Trevor Tombe, Economist, University of Calgary, Rachel Notley, Leader of the Official Opposition, Janet Riopel, President & CEO, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Sandip Lalli, President & CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Jason Schilling, President, Alberta Teachers’ Association, Christine Molnar, President, Alberta Medical Association, Ken Kobly, President & CEO, Alberta Chamber of Commerce. In the pages ahead we will identify the most important of those measures and speak to their significance. It is also a major government expenditure, second only to health care and education. These temporarily high deficits are due to the government’s “Job Creation Tax Cut” which is reducing Alberta’s corporate tax rate one point per year between 2019 and 2022 from 12% to 8% and to pay for the cancellation of the government’s crude by rail contracts signed by the NDP just weeks before the last provincial election. WATCH LIVE: Alberta Budget 2020; Here are the winners and losers from Budget 2020: WINNER: AGRICULTURE. This funding will stimulate job growth and support Alberta’s economy. It also devotes significant space to the Petrochemicals Diversification Program, and even notes some of the new investment in this sector, and the potential for growth.

They will see a reduction in 134 FTE’s by the end of next fiscal year.

Monte Solberg, Principal, New West Public Affairs. $2.5 billion has been set aside in capital funds for health facilities.

Some build on previous initiatives. According to Budget 2019, funding for Edmonton and Calgary will be rebased to $455 million, from $500 million and funding for other municipalities will be set at $405 million in 2022-23.

Operating expenses are down 1.7 per cent to $47.8 billion, remaining relatively flat for the following two years; • Total expenses down 2.9 per cent, to $56.8 billion, due largely to removal of crude-by-rail contracts; • WTI crude price forecast at US$58 per barrel in 2020-21 and US$62 the following year, with the differential rising to $19. ISBN: 9781460147177; ISSN: 2369-0127 (PDF). The ministry is undertaking a full review of its programs. The Panel found that gradually reducing the province’s net capital stock to the national average over the next ten years is a reasonable approach. The Department of Community and Social Services was not so lucky.

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