Budget 2024 puts Alberta on a path of continued economic growth through funding that supports creating jobs, attracting investment and developing a skilled and diversified workforce. Strategic investments will empower job creators and innovators to invest, grow and flourish in Alberta’s diversifying economy.

“Budget 2024 reaffirms our commitment to diversify, attract new investment and provide more jobs that keep Alberta’s engine humming. Strategic investments that support the growth of Alberta cities and promote apprenticeship programming and emission reduction technology will help create more opportunities to build an even stronger Alberta.”

Nate Horner, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance

Alberta remains a key driver of Canada’s economic prosperity, accounting for 22 per cent of all jobs created in the country last year, despite having just 12 per cent of the population. Compared with other provinces, Alberta has the highest weekly earnings and the lowest taxes, offering many incentives to newcomers seeking a great place to call home.

To further build on these advantages, Budget 2024 introduces the Alberta is Calling attraction bonus, a $5,000 refundable tax credit aimed at attracting out-of-province workers in the skilled trades. A total of $10 million will be provided to workers.

“The Alberta is Calling attraction bonus will support our government’s commitment to build a skilled and resilient labour force that helps businesses and the economy thrive. We will continue to foster the conditions for growth to ensure Alberta remains the best place to live, work, invest, do business and raise a family.”

Matt Jones, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Trade

Budget 2024 supports the sustainable growth of Alberta’s cities and communities. In addition to $724 million in municipal infrastructure funding through the Local Government Fiscal Framework in 2024-25, Budget 2024 launches the new Local Growth and Sustainability Grant, an application-based program that provides $60 million over three years to enable municipalities to fund infrastructure that supports economic development and addresses unique and emergent needs in their communities.

“We’re pleased to see so many people choosing to move to Alberta to experience the advantages this province has to offer, thanks in part to the strong communities we are supporting through predictable, sustainable funding. We also recognize the pressure this growth can put on local communities. The Local Growth and Sustainability Grant is part of our responsible plan to support a vibrant province and help communities respond to growth opportunities and acute sustainability challenges.”

Ric McIver, Minister of Municipal Affairs

As Alberta’s economy continues to grow, so does the need to sustain a vibrant and robust workforce to meet the needs of Alberta employers. Budget 2024 addresses current and future potential labour shortages by expanding skills and knowledge in key areas.

More than $100 million in new funding for apprenticeship programs will add 3,200 seats to help meet growing demand at Alberta’s post-secondary institutions. Another $361 million from the Budget 2024 Capital Plan will build and upgrade research and learning facilities in some of the province’s world-class post-secondary institutions. Investments include $63 million to renovate and expand the W.J. Elliott agricultural mechanics building at Olds College and $55 million to increase STEM programming capacity at the University of Calgary.

“Supporting growth in Alberta’s economy means ensuring no region is left behind. Our funding commitments to STEM programming at the University of Calgary and agriculture at Olds will create new opportunities for students in our rural economy and those studying in our largest urban centre.”

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Advanced Education

The Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program (APIP) is helping turn the province into a top global producer of petrochemicals. The APIP provides grants to cover 12 per cent of eligible capital costs for Alberta-based petrochemicals projects. In 2023-24, three projects are expected to receive APIP grant payments totalling $116 million, helping to diversify Alberta’s economy and create jobs.

“Royalties collected from oil and gas fund the things Albertans rely on, like health, education and social services. Budget 2024 supports the government’s mission to strengthen investor confidence and support job creation in communities all while lowering emissions through the use of new technologies.”

Brian Jean, Minister of Energy and Minerals

Budget 2024 highlights

  • $597 million over three years from the province’s TIER (Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction) fund to support a suite of programs that reduce emissions, support clean technology development, enhance climate resiliency and create jobs for Albertans.
  • $1.5 billion for child-care services, an increase of $200 million, enabling more Albertans with young children to participate in the workforce.
  • $32 million to build three new water intakes in the Designated Industrial Zone in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, which will support long-term private investment opportunities in the area.
  • Almost $30 million over three years for the Aboriginal Business Investment Fund, an increase of nearly $8 million, to help fund business startup and expansion costs in Indigenous communities.

Budget 2024 is a responsible plan to strengthen health care and education, build safe and supportive communities, manage the province’s resources wisely and promote job creation to continue to build Alberta’s competitive advantage.

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Dans son plan financier pour l’année prochaine, le gouvernement de l’Alberta prévoit d’importants investissements pour la croissance et la diversification de l’économie.

« Le budget 2024 réaffirme notre engagement à nous diversifier, à attirer de nouveaux investissements et à créer davantage d’emplois. »

Nate Horner, ministre des Finances

Au Canada, les performances de l’Alberta dépassent déjà celles des autres provinces dont la taille est équivalente. Plus de 22 % de tous les emplois créés au Canada l’année dernière l’ont été en Alberta, qui ne compte que 12 % de la population canadienne. L’Alberta dispose également des revenus hebdomadaires les plus élevés et des impôts les plus bas, et offre de nombreuses mesures d’incitation aux nouveaux arrivants.

Pour accroître ces avantages, le budget 2024 introduit la prime d’attraction « Alberta is Calling », un crédit d’impôt remboursable de 5 000 dollars destiné à attirer des travailleurs et des travailleuses dans les métiers spécialisés. Un total de 10 millions de dollars sera fourni.

Le budget 2024 soutient la croissance des communautés en prévoyant un financement de 724 millions de dollars pour les infrastructures municipales et la nouvelle subvention pour la croissance et la durabilité à l’échelle locale, qui dispose de 60 millions de dollars pour les besoins émergents dans les communautés.

Pour remédier aux pénuries de main-d’œuvre, le plan financier ajoute 100 millions de dollars pour créer 3 200 nouvelles places dans les programmes d’apprentissage.

Par ailleurs, 361 millions de dollars sont consacrés à la construction et à la modernisation d’écoles professionnelles, d’établissements d’enseignement supérieur et d’universités.

Quant aux parents de jeunes enfants, le budget prévoit 1,5 milliard de dollars pour les services de garde d’enfants, soit une augmentation de 200 millions de dollars.