Latest news releases
Government is taking action to reduce expenses and create a long-term sustainable fiscal plan ahead of the release of Budget 2015
January 20, 2015
Actions include containing costs for the remainder of the current fiscal year. This includes restraining spending on discretionary grants, travel and training as well as hiring. More information.
Alberta takes action to control spending
December 15, 2014
Cost containment measures taken immediately, and new committee lays foundation for Budget 2015. Read the news release.
Finance Minister’s meeting with chief economists
December 5, 2014
Alberta’s savings plan to be more transparent
December 3, 2014
New legislation to simplify Alberta’s savings plan demonstrates the Alberta government’s commitment to sound, conservative fiscal principles. More information.
Alberta focused on fiscal restraint
November 26, 2014
Despite positive second quarter results, declining oil prices require government to be diligent in fiscal planning.
Oil prices continued to slide this week, with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) closing at $74.09 US per barrel yesterday. With ongoing uncertainty with global prices, the Prentice Government continues to be focused on making decisions based on sound, conservative fiscal principles. More information.
New leadership, new voices, and a new way of doing things
September 15, 2014
Alberta’s 16th Premier, The Honourable Jim Prentice, Q.C., P.C. and his Cabinet were sworn-in at Government House in Edmonton on September 15. Read the news release.
Surplus rises, borrowing decreases with first quarter results
August 27, 2014
Alberta’s first quarter results means reduced borrowing for infrastructure by almost $3 billion and an increased operational surplus. Alberta’s economy is also expected to grow more than originally forecast, with more jobs, more business activity and more people coming to Alberta. More information.
Telling Alberta’s story through numbers - 2014 Official Statistics provide interesting insights into life in Alberta
August 21, 2014
You might be aware that Alberta is the fastest growing province in Canada, but did you know the average weekly earnings in Alberta are more than 20 per cent higher than the national average? And did you know that more than 80 per cent of Albertans do some kind of volunteer work? These are just a few of the interesting facts you’ll find in the 2014 Alberta Official Statistics. Read the news release.
Latest website updates
Economic information update
January 23, 2015
Backgrounder on Alberta's Fiscal Situation
January 15, 2015
Labour Market Notes - January 2015
January 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 (January 2015), including the “Labour Insight” section: The 2014 Labour Market: Another impressive year. These documents are available in the Economy & Statistics section.
Pensions - 2015 YMPE (Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings)
December 17, 2014
A number of documents in the Pensions section of this website have been updated to reflect the 2015 YMPE (Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings) of $53,600. These include:
- Table 1C and Table 4 – Life Income Fund (LIF) Withdrawal Calculation
- Accessing Pension Funds
- Application to Unlock Alberta Funds Due to Financial Hardship (Form 23)
- Financial Hardship Unlocking FAQs – General Program and Process and Reasons to Unlock
Population Report for 3rd Quarter of 2014
December 17, 2014
The Alberta Population Report for the 3rd Quarter of 2014 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.
Superintendent of Pensions Policy on Annual Filing of Valuations changed
The Superintendent of Pensions has changed the requirements for filing annual valuations and they are found in EPPA Update 14-05 - Requirements for Filing Annual Valuations. The trigger for filing annually has changed from being either the funded ratio or the solvency ratio being less than 0.8500, to now only the funded ratio being less than 0.8500. Some exemptions apply and are explained in the update.
December 15, 2014
Provincial Electoral Division maps and profiles now available
December 10, 2014
The latest Provincial Electoral Division profiles are now available online. These profiles provide detailed demographic and socio-economic information for Alberta's Provincial Electoral Divisions. Maps and profiles are available in pdf and spreadsheet format. Learn more.