Latest news releases and bulletins
Review of government agencies focused on improving services, ensuring value for Albertans
November 5, 2015
A review of Alberta’s agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) is underway, part of the government’s plan to improve services for Albertans and ensure value for taxpayers. Read the news release and the review timeline of agencies, boards and commissions.
Budget 2015 supports jobs and families
October 27, 2015
Budget 2015 lays the groundwork for a stronger, diversified economy while stabilizing the frontline public services that all Albertans rely on. Read the news release, visit budget.alberta.ca for more information, or view the detailed budget documents.
Finance Minister reaching out to Albertans through pre-budget telephone town halls
(posted September 17, 2015)
Finance Minister Joe Ceci invited Albertans to share their thoughts and priorities on the upcoming budget through telephone town halls on September 21 and 23. We thank all those who have taken time to share their ideas and comments through the budget survey and telephone town halls.
2015-16 First Quarter Report released
August 31, 2015
Alberta's updated first quarter forecast reflects higher-than-anticipated costs for fighting wildfires and drought, as well as the reversal of the previous government’s planned health levy and cuts to healthcare and education. More information.
Starting Thursday, July 30, Albertans were invited to provide ideas and comments for both Budget 2015 and Budget 2016. The survey is now closed (submissions were accepted until 4:30 p.m. MST on Monday, September 14).
Alberta’s Superintendent of Insurance has issued an advisory notice on ride sharing services and the insurance risk they currently pose to Albertans. The Superintendent’s office recently reviewed Uber’s insurance policies and found significant issues with regulatory compliance. Albertans are at risk of not having access to insurance protection and accident benefits under Alberta law if using Uber’s ride sharing services, and potentially other ride sharing services as well. More information.
2014-15 annual reports now available
June 30, 2015
Released today were the Government of Alberta Annual Report, ministry annual reports and Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund Annual Report.
The Government of Alberta Annual Report includes an Executive Summary with key fiscal information, the Consolidated Financial Statements and Measuring Up, a report on performance results. More information.
The government introduced changes to corporate and personal income taxes and is taking action to reverse proposed unfair fees. Bill 2, An Act to Restore Fairness in Public Revenue, 2015, received Royal Assent on June 29, 2015, and will increase the corporate income tax rate by two percentage points and introduce a more progressive personal income tax system.
- Read the news release or watch the news conference
- 2015 Personal Income Tax Calculator (June 26, 2015)
- Personal Income Tax Changes - Questions and Answers
- Corporate Tax Change - Questions and Answers
The new government has taken steps to ensure Alberta families have the access to the essential services upon which they rely. Bill 3, Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2015 (No. 2), received Royal Assent on June 29, 2015, and reverses cuts to health care and invests in stable, predictable funding for the vital public services that matter most to Alberta communities. Read the news release, view the news conference video or listen to the audio.
Latest website updates
Economic information update
November 27, 2015
Heritage Fund 2015-16 Second Quarter Update
November 26, 2015
Labour Market Notes - November 2015
November 6, 2015
Labour Market Notes contains timely analysis of the latest labour market data for Alberta and is released the same day as Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. Click here for Labour Market Notes (November 2015), including the “Labour Insight” section: Albertans work part-time voluntarily. These documents are available in the Economy & Statistics section.
Insurance premium tax rates will be increased by one percentage point, effective April 1, 2016.
Alberta Population Pyramid updated to 2015
November 4, 2015
The Alberta Population Pyramid animates changes in the age distribution of Alberta's population since 1921. The pyramid has been updated to include information to 2015, and is available in the Economy & Statistics section.
Economic Trends - October 2015
October 30, 2015
The monthly Economic Trends publication contains timely analysis of current trends in Alberta’s economy. Click here for Economic Trends (October 2015). These documents are available in Economy & Statistics.
Locomotive Fuel Tax Rate Increase
Alberta will increase its locomotive fuel tax rates effective 12:01 a.m. on November 1, 2015. See:
- Special Notice Vol. 1 No. 37, Locomotive Fuel Tax Increase
- Related forms have also been updated.
Tobacco Tax Increase
Alberta will increase its tobacco tax rates effective 12:01 a.m. on October 28, 2015. See:
- Special Notice Vol. 3 No. 17, Tobacco Tax Increase
- Tobacco Tax Rate Increase Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Related forms have also been updated.
Labour Market Notes - October 2015
October 9, 2015
Labour Market Notes contains timely analysis of the latest labour market data for Alberta and is released the same day as Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. Click here for Labour Market Notes (October 2015), including the “Labour Insight” section: A regional perspective on current labour markets. These documents are available in the Economy & Statistics section.
Economic Trends - September 2015
September 30, 2015
The monthly Economic Trends publication contains timely analysis of current trends in Alberta’s economy. Click here for Economic Trends (September 2015), including the “InFocus” section: Trends in Renovation Spending. These documents are available in Economy & Statistics.
Population Report for 2nd Quarter of 2015
September 29, 2015
The Alberta Population Report for the 2nd Quarter of 2015 has been released and is available on the Demographic Quarterlies page. The Alberta Components of Growth by Quarter Data Tables (from 1971-72 on) file has also been updated.