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Budget 2023 secures Alberta’s bright future by transforming the health-care system to meet people’s needs, supporting Albertans with the high cost of living, keeping our communities safe, and driving the economy with more jobs, quality education and continued diversification.
The budget forecasts a surplus of $2.4 billion in 2023-24. Fiscal responsibility is key to achieving our strong fiscal standing and sustainable program delivery in the future. We are committed to paying down debt while positioning our economy for growth and investing in Albertans' top priorities.
What the budget means for you
Budget 2023 continues to provide inflation relief to help with the rising cost of everyday necessities, makes historic investments in health care and education, attracts more investment to help businesses and entrepreneurs thrive, and enhances community policing and access to addiction and mental health supports to keep Albertans and communities safe.
Alberta is well positioned to face potential economic challenges. Our economy has fully recovered from the pandemic downturn and is expected to lead the country in gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 2.8%. Solid energy prices and population growth are expected to support investment and provide relief to Alberta's tight labour market, but rising borrowing costs and prices will continue to dampen consumer spending.
Alberta's revenue is projected to be $70.7 billion in 2023-24 and remain above $70 billion for the next few years. Fears of a looming global recession are expected to soften commodity prices, while investment income is expected to recover well after dropping last year.
Budget 2023 secures Alberta's future by prioritizing fiscal responsibility and living within our means, while making spending decisions that support the long-term sustainability of the programs and services that are important to Albertans. The total expense for 2023-24 is $68.3 billion, which is $2.6 billion more than the forecast for last year.
Alberta's 3-year capital plan secures jobs and prosperity for Albertans by investing in infrastructure projects that help strengthen our health-care system, enhance safety and security and provide essential services and supports. Nearly $23 billion in priority capital project funding will support 20,000 direct and 12,000 indirect jobs each year through to 2025-26.
Download detailed documents outlining the government's financial plans.
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Finance Minister Travis Toews provides details on Budget 2023.
- March 22, 2023
Alberta’s government is strengthening the work of regional economic development alliances to support economic growth and prosperity throughout the province.
- March 21, 2023
Alberta’s government continues to provide Ukrainian newcomers with settlement supports as recommended by the Premier’s Advisory Task Force on Ukraine.
- March 21, 2023
Budget 2023 is investing $2 billion over three years in municipal funding, which includes a change to make municipalities full partners.
- March 20, 2023More funding going into Alberta classrooms | Plus de financement pour les salles de classe de l’Alberta
Alberta’s government is increasing funding over the next three years to address complexities in the classroom.
- March 17, 2023Building inclusive communities and fighting racism | Bâtir des collectivités inclusives et lutter contre le racisme
Alberta’s government is investing $9.5 million into grant programs to help combat racism and promote multiculturalism.
- March 17, 2023
Budget 2023 commits $23.8 million to meet newcomers’ needs as they settle, work and prosper in Alberta.
- March 17, 2023
Budget 2023 strengthens Alberta’s justice system by making it more accessible for Albertans.
- March 15, 2023
Budget 2023 is investing $30 million to expand the Red Deer Regional Airport, clearing the way to develop a national transportation logistics hub in central Alberta.
- March 14, 2023
Alberta’s government is investing in transportation so more students can take the bus, rural students have shorter rides and families save money.
- March 10, 2023
Alberta’s government is providing $10 million annually to The Summit, a new mental health centre for children and youth in Calgary.