Budget 2018 consultation
Albertans are invited to provide feedback to help shape and inform the provincial budget.
Consultation status: Survey open until Feb 2, 2018
Ministry responsible: Treasury Board and Finance
Alberta’s economy is looking up – retail sales are up, construction is up, drilling activity is up and jobs are up, too. We’ve boosted our growth forecast twice this year – Alberta’s economy is now expected to grow by 4% in 2017.
While not every Albertan is feeling it and there’s more work to do, the recession is behind us.
It’s now time to focus on a path back to budget balance while protecting public services important to Albertans such as health and education – and continuing to diversify our economy to create more jobs.
Path to balance
Budget 2018 will be an important step on the path to balance.
We’ve already made compassionate, thoughtful and responsible choices to reduce spending. Among them:
- reducing salaries, bonuses and perks for executives
- freezing management (non-union) salaries since 2016 and extending the freeze to Sept 2019
- reducing travel and discretionary spending
These choices will help us meet the deficit target from Budget 2017.
Responsible choices need to be made in Budget 2018 to lower the deficit and put Alberta back on the path to balance.
We want to know what you think these choices should be.
Share your thoughts by completing the online survey by Feb 2, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Send your written submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone town halls
Two telephone town halls will be held in late January. Details will be announced in the new year.
Your feedback will be used to inform Budget 2018, which will be released in the spring of 2018.