The budget outlines the government's financial plans from April 1 to March 31.
Albertans are asked to provide their ideas and comments for both Budget 2015 and Budget 2016.
Interim Supply highlights
With the change of government in May, an Appropriation (Interim Supply) Bill is being used to fund government operations until a budget is introduced in the fall of 2015.
Government spending must be approved through an Appropriation Act or other financial legislation, which is passed by the Legislative Assembly.
- Bill 3: Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2015 (No. 2)
- News: Bill 3 restores stability to Alberta's education, health care and human services, and freezes tuition
- Video: Watch the news conference
The 2015-16 Interim Supply provides $15.4 billion to fund day-to-day operations between July 1 and November 30. Interim Supply also provides increased funding to restore stability to Alberta's education, health care and human services.
The total amount allocated in Bill 3 over and above the March provincial budget is $624 million.
- Health: $500 million
- Education: $45 million
- Innovation and Advanced Education: $40 million
- Human Services: $39 million
Interim supply funding for Education provides $45 million of the $103 million, which was announced in May. Interim supply includes funding for:
- honouring teachers' agreements
- building and modernizing schools in our growing communities
- fully funding enrolment to ensure classrooms have the people and resources they need
- reversing grant cuts for transportation, inclusive education, and First Nations, Metis and Inuit students
Innovation and Advanced Education
Interim supply funding includes an additional $40 million to ensure post-secondary is accessible and affordable for Alberta students and families. This begins the process of restoring funding to the post-secondary system and includes an overall commitment of $133 million for the 2015-2016 year to provide stability while we work on long-term funding solutions. This includes:
- reversing the 1.4% cut to post-secondary institutions
- increasing base funding for post-secondary institutions by 2%
- freezing tuition and mandatory non-instructional student fees for 2 years
- cancelling market modifiers that were recently approved for 25 programs
- restoring apprenticeship and targeted enrolment funding
Every family relies on the healthcare system at some point. Interim supply will include an additional $500 million to:
- restore funding for front-line care
- provide stable, predictable funding for acute care in our hospitals
- support Alberta's front-line workers in serving Alberta's growing population.
- cover cost increases for vaccines and medications, including drugs for rare diseases
- invest in equipment for cancer treatments and medical procedures
Public services that support the safety and quality of life for children, families, Aboriginal people and women at-risk will receive an additional $39 million through interim supply to support a full year increase of $93 million. This includes:
- support for intervention services to assist at-risk children and youth
- grants for community-led initiatives that improve family and community safety
- housing and outreach services for women and children leaving family violence, including funding for second-stage shelters
- counselling and life skills programs through Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in 319 municipalities and Metis Settlements
Status of Women
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, will lead initiatives for greater gender equality in Alberta. Funding of $1 million, included in Human Services interim supply, will support gender-based analysis training, policy and research, public evaluation, and community engagement in 5 key areas:
- Women's economic security and prosperity
- Violence against women and girls
- Women's leadership and democratic participation
- Women's health and well-being
- Women's legal and human rights