Results-based Budgeting

The Results-based Budgeting review (RBB) was conducted between spring 2012 and early 2015. Approximately 540 government programs and services, including those offered by provincial agencies, boards, and commissions, were reviewed for relevance, effectiveness and efficiency.


Results-based budgeting was intended to help ensure every government program and service delivers the outcomes Albertans expect as effectively and efficiently as possible, including those delivered by agencies, boards and commissions.

The results-based budgeting process involved the participation of government and non-government people. Frontline workers participated in the review of programs and services, while government MLAs and members of the public participated on challenge panels (see Cycle 1, Cycle 2, and Cycle 3) to ensure the reviews were rigorous and recommendations emerging from the reviews supported the goal of working better to meet the needs of Albertans.

The government released Reports to Albertans for each review, as required by the Results-based Budgeting Act. The sixth and final progress report was released in November 2017.

Cycle 1

The first cycle included the reviews of more than 150 programs and services, divided into six lines of business:

Final reports and over 170 recommendations were presented to Cycle 1 Challenge Panels in May 2013.

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Cycle 2

Over 220 programs and services were reviewed in Cycle 2. These programs and services fall under six lines of business:

Cycle 2 reviews were completed and were presented to Cycle 2 Challenge Panels in December 2013 and January 2014, with the exception of the Supports to Albertans in Need line of business, which was presented in June 2014.

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Cycle 3

Over 170 programs and services were reviewed in Cycle 3. These programs and services fall under five lines of business:

Cycle 3 reviews were completed and presented to Cycle 3 Challenge Panels in January 2015.

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Challenge Panels and Programs and Services Reviewed

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Reports to Albertans

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Page last updated:  November 21, 2017