This Week In Alberta March 3, 2023

This Week

Budget 2023: On Tuesday, the Government of Alberta released Budget 2023 titled “Securing Alberta’s Future”. The Budget forecasts a $2.4 billion surplus, makes key commitments in healthcare and public safety, and includes new fiscal planning commitments to keep future budgets out of deficits. Our team at Wellington Advocacy has pulled together an overview document that covers the Budget’s highlights and main considerations. To see the full set of budget documents released by the Government of Alberta, click here
Spring session legislation: In addition to passing the Budget, Government House Leader Joseph Schow announced three pieces of legislation for this spring session. These proposed bills include: 

  • Bill 8 – the Alberta Firearms Act
  • Bill 9 – the Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act
  • Bill 10 – the Financial Statutes Amendment Act

Healthcare wait times: Last fall, the government announced launched the Healthcare Action Plan tasked with decreasing ER wait times, improving EMS response times, reducing wait times for surgeries and empowering frontline workers. This week, the government released a 90-day update showing improvements in all four areas of focus. The full report can be found here

What’s Next

Legislature: The Alberta Legislature has resumed for spring session. The next few weeks are focused on main estimates. The schedule can be found in the Legislature’s Order Paper


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