Overview

The revenue forecast is based on modest economic performance in 2019 and 2020 before growth accelerates in 2021 and 2022 as pipelines come online, oil sands production continues to expand, new investment increases and oil prices and exports rise.

Revenue is projected to grow 7.8% in the following two years as we continue to bring investment back to Alberta and control our spending.

Download: Complete Revenue Chapter - 2020-23 Fiscal Plan (PDF, 6.7 MB)

Forecast

Provincial revenue is projected to be $50 billion in 2020-21, or $1 billion lower than forecast in 2019-20.

Revenue is forecast to stay relatively stable in 2021-22 and then grow to $58.1 billion in 2022-23, mainly by increasing income taxes and bitumen royalties.

Table 1: Budget 2020 Revenue (millions of dollars)

Revenue sources 2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Forecast 2020-21 Estimate 2021 Target 2022-23 Target
Income and other Taxes 23,578 21,826 22,887 24,380 25,864
Non-renewable resource revenue 5,429 6,671 5,090 6,705 8,536
Transfers from Government of Canada 8,013 9,054 9,110 9,533 9,784
Investment income 2,349 3,525 2,630 2,889 3,070
Net income from government business enterprises 2,582 2,378 2,357 2,419 2,565
Premiums, fees and licences 3,911 3,947 4,194 4,299 4,407
Other 3,745 3,547 3,711 3,811 3,835
Total revenue 49,607 50,948 49,979 54,036 58,061
Source: Treasury Board and Finance

Non-renewable resource revenue

Non-renewable resource revenue is estimated to decrease due almost entirely to decreased bitumen royalties from a wider light-heavy oil price differential, reflecting more expensive rail transportation costs.

Revenue from non-renewable resources is forecast at $5.1 billion in 2020-21, growing to $8.5 billion by 2022-23.

For more information, see the updated economic and energy price assumptions on the Economic Outlook page.

Table 2: Non-renewable resource revenue (millions of dollars)

Resource revenue 2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Forecast 2020-21 Estimate 2021-22 Target 2022-23 Target
Bitumen royalty 3,214 4,707 3,211 4,492 6,146
Crude oil royalty 1,149 1,228 1,135 1,267 1,302
Natural gas & by-products royalty 536 438 429 597 743
Bonuses & sales of Crown leases 360 133 177 218 223
Rentals and fees/coal royalty 170 164 137 130 122
Total resource revenue 5,429 6,671 5,090 6,705 8,536
Source: Treasury Board and Finance

Income taxes

Tax revenue is forecast to be higher in 2020-21, due to increases in personal income tax, corporate income tax, education property tax and other tax revenue. These are offset by a reduction due to the elimination of the carbon tax.

Tax revenue in 2020-21 is estimated at $22.9 billion, and forecast to reach $25.9 billion by 2022-23.

Personal income tax

Personal income tax revenue is estimated at $12.6 billion in 2020-21, an increase of $747 million, or 6.3% from 2019- 20. Revenue in 2019-20 was $171 million less than the Budget 2019 estimate after revised 2018 assessment data was lower than expected.

The decrease lowers the prior-years’ adjustment to $17 million, which was added to 2019-20 revenue to account for revisions to 2017-19 and 2018-10 revenue already reported in the government’s financial statements. This also reduces the base used to forecast personal income tax revenue for future years, including 2019 and 2020.

Business taxes

Reducing the corporate income tax rate increases competitiveness and attracts investment by reducing the cost of doing business in Alberta, as suggested by the MacKinnon Panel.

Corporate income tax is forecast at $4.5 billion in 2020-21, an increase of $294 million or 7% from 2019-20. Continued growth in corporate income tax is forecast, based on improving oil prices, expanding oil production, achievement of market access as well as growth in manufacturing and exports and rising economic activity.

Tax revenue

Table 3: Tax revenue (millions of dollars)

  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Forecast 2020-21 Estimate 2021-22 Target 2022-23 Target
Personal Income tax 11,874 11,819 12,566 13,426 14,315
Corporate income tax 4,871 4,245 4,539 4,985 5,360
Education property tax 2,441 2,457 2,559 2,652 2,766
Carbon tax 1,324 185 - - -
Other taxes 3,066 3,120 3,223 3,317 3,423
Total 23.576 21,826 22,887 24,380 25,864

Budget documents

Budget 2020 Fiscal Plan (PDF, 6.7 MB)

Budget 2020 Highlights (PDF, 1.7 MB)

More budget information

A plan to get Albertans back to work, make life better and stand up for Alberta.

A summary of Alberta’s Budget 2020 economic forecast and analysis.

Budget 2020 invests in the infrastructure families and communities need.

Budget 2020 continues to optimize Alberta’s tax system.