This Week In Alberta February 24, 2023

This Week

Increasing immigration to Alberta: Alberta’s growing economy has resulted in about 100,000 job vacancies that need to be filled. As a result, Alberta has advocated with the federal government to increase the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program. This past week, Alberta learned it would see a significant increase in nominations from 6,500 in 2022, to 9,750 nominations in 2023. 
Alberta attracted $729 million in 2022: Alberta’s technology and innovation sector broke records for the fourth year in a row. In 2022, the province attracted $729 million in investments. This is a 30% increase over 2021, and it represents a sharp contrast to Canada which experienced a nearly 30% decline. 
$2 billion to improve primary health care: Following the recommendations of three advisory panels, Budget 2023 proposes $2 billion to improve primary health care. Primary health care includes family doctors, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and public health nurses.  
$27.3 million to help Ukrainian evacuees: Budget 2023 is expanding support to Ukrainian evacuees. If passed, the Budget would allocate $7 million for language and settlement services and $20.3 million for housing and financial support. Since the conflict began 12 months ago, about 21,600 Ukrainians have arrived in Alberta. Premier Smith and MLA Armstrong-Homeniuk also released a statement on the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

What’s Next

Legislature: The Legislature is scheduled to return on February 28. Budget 2023 will be delivered on the same day.
Promoting energy initiatives in Korea: Minister Brian Jean and Minister Rajan Sawhney will travel to South Korea to promote Alberta’s responsible energy industry.


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