Budget 2018 consultation

Albertans provided their feedback to help shape and inform the provincial budget.

Consultation status: Survey closed Feb 9, 2018
Ministry responsible: Treasury Board and Finance

Overview

Alberta’s economy is looking up – retail sales are up, construction is up, drilling activity is up and jobs are up, too. We boosted our growth forecast twice in 2017 – it's expected that Alberta’s economy will have grown 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.

Public engagement

Responsible choices need to be made in Budget 2018 to lower the deficit and put Alberta back on the path to balance.

We asked Albertans what they thought these choices should be.

Online survey

The online survey closed Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m.

Telephone town halls

Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci conducted two telephone town halls so Albertans could share their thoughts and priorities for Budget 2018.

Listen to the recordings:

We thank everyone who participated in these discussions.

Outcomes

Public and stakeholder feedback will be used to inform Budget 2018, which will be released in the spring of 2018.