Letters Of Expectation
Redford CAFA Survey
No one doubts that post-secondary education (PSE) will play a crucial role in helping to build Alberta’s future.
Provincial Budget Cuts Threaten Quality PSE
The Redford government’s budget for 2013-14 attempts to make a virtue of limiting operating expenditures in the coming year to 2012-13 levels, despite the province’s strong population growth and the effects of cost inflation. The budget reflects the government’s grim fiscal outlook after years of overreliance on resource revenues, and the Premier’s own conviction that Alberta must address its ‘spending problem.’ Advanced education is among the big losers.
Dear Premier Redford
The Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) is the provincial organization that speaks for the academic staff associations at Alberta’s four research-intensive universities (CARIs). The Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) is the provincial voice of the students' unions at the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge.
CAFA 2014 Nominations are Open
Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations
Submission to the Government of Alberta's 2014 Budget Consultation (October, 2013)
Speech from the Throne, Alberta Legislature, March 3, 2013
Your government will take the long view when it comes to investments in higher education, working on innovative new ways to ensure Albertans have the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge they need — to become the entrepreneurs, skilled workers and researchers we need to thrive.
To ensure rural residents have quality education opportunities, without having to leave home, your government will work to ensure that distance education is an important part of Campus Alberta.
With the support of industry partners, your government will build Canada's first and only dedicated pipeline training facility to train more heavy equipment operators, and those who work in pipeline construction and land reclamation.
Speech from the Throne - full text
BILL 1 - introduced March 3, 2014
The government has released the text of Bill 1, the Savings Management Act: Bill 1
Bill 1 establishes the two new endowments - the Social Innovation Endowment and the Agriculture and Food Innovation Endowment - as notional accounts within the Heritage Fund. More details will be forthcoming in due course, but the general purposes of these endowments appear at section 2(1) a & b.
The Social Innovation Endowment account will allocated $500 million effective April 1, 2014, and another $500 million effective April 1, 2015, while the Agriculture & Food Innovation Endowment account will be allocated $200 million effective April 1, 2014.
The Minister of Finance may transfer from the Heritage Fund to the General Revenue Fund in respect of these endowment accounts the following amounts:
a) to the Agriculture & Food Innovation Endowment Account, up to maximum of $9 million annually for each of fiscal 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17; and
b) to the Social Innovation Endowment Account, a maximum of $22.5 million for fiscal 2015-16, and a maximum of $45 million for fiscal 2016-17.
For fiscal 2017-18, and succeeding years, the amounts available in respect of each of the endowment accounts will be calculated as a percentage of the average of the closing balances of that account in the past three years.
N.B. Amounts transferred in respect of the innovation endowment accounts can only be expended for the purposes for which the innovation endowment accounts were established, and only if authorized by a vote of the Legislature.
The Act also establishes the Alberta Future Fund, 'for the purpose of supporting initiatives to provide long term benefits to Albertans and the Alberta economy.' This too becomes a notional account within the Heritage Fund as of April 1, 2014, with $200 million allocated to this account as of April 1, 2014, and the same amount every April 1 for nine subsequent years. The Minister, as approved by the Legislature, may transfer every year to the Alberta Future Fund an amount not exceeding the balance in the Fund for a purpose for which the Fund was established.
In addition, the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund gets an injection of $200 million in 2014-15.
Bill 1 also amends the Access to the Future Act and the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Act.
The Government of Alberta has released its second annual Report to Albertans, highlighting the progress of the results-based budgeting process, a review of every government program and service. The report includes an overview of findings and recommendations from reviews completed in Cycle 1, and provides an update on the status of the overall review process.
Letters Of Expectation
Redford CAFA Survey
Provincial Budget Cuts
Threaten Quality PSE
Open Letter To The Premier
April 22, 2013
CAFA Awards 2014
Throne Speech 2014
Results Based Budgeting
Campus Alberta Planning Resource 2013