Latest news releases

Employment Pension Plans Act (2012) takes effect September 1
posted July 23, 2014

The Employment Pension Plans Act (EPPA) provides more flexibility to private sector pension plans, improves their long-term stability and encourages the establishment of new plans. Read the news release and three related EPPA Updates.

Statement from Minister Horner – National Common Securities Regulator
July 9, 2014

President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner has issued a statement in response to the announcement that Saskatchewan and New Brunswick have agreed to the join the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System proposed by Ottawa. Click here for the Minister's Statement.

Responsible spending and booming economy deliver strong balance sheet
June 30, 2014

The Government of Alberta ended its fiscal year on a positive note with a strong balance sheet after months of uncertainty from volatile oil prices and the June 2013 flooding in southern Alberta.

The province achieved a $2.5 billion operational surplus and a full fiscal plan surplus of $755 million.

Record income for Alberta’s Heritage Fund
June 24, 2014

Alberta’s savings got a boost as the Heritage Fund earned $2.1 billion in 2013-14. Strong equity markets helped push the Heritage Fund to an all-time earnings record. On a percentage basis, the fund posted a 16 per cent return, the third highest since the fund was created in 1976. As of March 31, 2014, the fund was worth $17.5 billion on a fair value basis.

Horner promotes Alberta to overseas investors
May 15, 2014

Doug Horner, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, will visit Europe to grow economic opportunities in the province by promoting investment and Budget 2014. Read the news release.

Horner responds to referral of pension bills 9 and 10 to committee
May 6, 2014

President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner issued the following statement regarding the amendments to refer Bill 9, the Public Sector Pension Plans Amendment Act, and Bill 10, the Employment Pension (Private Sector) Plans Amendment Act to an all-party committee.

Applied research provides industry with problem solvers
April 29, 2014

Applied research programs supported by Budget 2014 produce talent, value and growth in the Alberta economy.

With applied research capability in more than 250 programs and above 90 percent employment for many Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) graduates, this government’s investments in building an innovation culture clearly starts in Alberta’s post-secondary institutions.

Budget 2014 bolsters commitment to build and create opportunity for Albertans
April 24, 2014

With the passing of Bill 8, the Appropriation Act, 2014, in the Legislature, Albertans will see much-needed infrastructure go up across Alberta, increased support for core services, and more opportunities to be a part of Alberta’s success story.

Opening new markets means jobs and economic growth
April 14, 2014

Work continues to bolster Alberta’s access to priority markets to create jobs for Albertans, new opportunities for businesses and grow the province’s economy.

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Latest website updates

Economic information update
July 18, 2014

The Economy & Statistics section of this website includes the weekly Economic Review and Alberta Economy - Indicators at a Glance, as well as monthly, quarterly and annual publications.

Labour Market Notes - July 2014
July 11, 2014

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 (July 2014), including the “Labour Insight” section: How do hours worked affect earnings growth? These documents are available in the Economy & Statistics section.

Alberta Population Projections, by Census Division (2014 - 2041)
July 9, 2014

Population projections (2014 - 2041) by single year of age and sex have been developed based on the component method. Click here for more information.

Superintendent of Insurance Interpretation Bulletin 05-2014
July 7, 2014

Click here for Superintendent of Insurance Interpretation Bulletin 05-2014 - Home Warranty Insurance Regulation - Superintendent's Interpretation of Section 6(i), which has been added to the Bulletins page.

Superintendent of Insurance Interpretation Bulletin 04-2014
July 4, 2014

Click here for Superintendent of Insurance Interpretation Bulletin 04-2014 - Electronic Declarations, which has been added to the Bulletins page.

Changes to the Insurance Act
effective July 1, 2014 (posted June 30)

Bill 39 – the Enhancing Consumer Protection in Auto Insurance Act – amends the Insurance Act. It was proclaimed (except sections 3, 5 and 28) into force on July 1, 2014.

Economic Trends - June 2014
June 27, 2014

The monthly Economic Trends publication contains timely analysis of current trends in Alberta’s economy. Click here for Economic Trends (June 2014), including the “In Focus” section: Why do Alberta households spend more? These documents are available in the Economy & Statistics section of this website.

IFTA Fuel Tax Rate Chart for 2nd Quarter of 2014
June 27, 2014

The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Tax Rate Chart for the 2nd Quarter of 2014 is now available on the IFTA Forms page.

Electronic submission of tobacco tax memos
June 25, 2014

After July 1, 2014, tobacco tax memo suppliers with Tax and Revenue Administration Client Self-Service (TRACS) accounts will be able to submit tobacco tax memos electronically, formatted to Tax and Revenue Administration standards. See Tobacco Tax Publications for tobacco tax memo file format and processing instructions and forms.  See TRACS for information about registering for a TRACS account.

Insurance Information for Albertans affected by Flood
June 20, 2014

Click here for Insurance Information for Albertans affected by Flood, including tips on what to do before and after a flood, overland flooding, vehicle damage, claims, resources from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Disaster Recovery Program, and an update on the "Overland Flood Insurance Coverage" offered by Beaufort Insurance Services.

Insurance - Anti-Terrorism Financing Report form
June 20, 2014

Click here for the Anti-Terrorism Financing Report, now available on the Insurance Forms page. This form is for Insurers, Reciprocal Insurance Exchanges and Exempt Entities.

Alberta Population Report for 1st Quarter of 2014
June 18, 2014

The Alberta Population Report for the 1st 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.

New Corporate Tax Act Special Notice
June 11, 2014

Alberta Corporate Tax Act Special Notice Vol. 5 No. 40, Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, highlights some of the changes to the Alberta Corporate Tax Act resulting from the passing of the Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, on April 24, 2014. This includes information on Qualifying Environmental Trusts, Scientific Research and Experimental Development, and Federal Amendments Paralleled by Alberta.

Labour Market Notes - June 2014
June 6, 2014

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 (June 2014), including the “Labour Insight” section: Why are Albertans working longer hours? These documents are available in the Economy & Statistics section.

Travel efficiency review
June 4, 2014

Government is taking steps to gain efficiencies and save money on travel. Learn more.

Pensions - Presentation to the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future on Bill 9 and Bill 10
June 3, 2014

Click here for a presentation to the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.

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