The most recent quarterly fiscal update from Alberta’s Minister of Finance projects a large surplus and a dramatic fiscal recovery following years of budget deficits. While these deficits were caused by the prolonged drop in non-renewable resource revenue which was compounded by the pandemic, it is a reminder of the need to insulate Alberta’s finances from the volatility of resource revenue. This raises the question of Alberta’s long-term fiscal planning given volatile oil and gas revenue. It is imperative that Alberta finally gets off the resource roller coaster. 


The recommendations are guided by principles including certainty and stability for businesses and those they serve and employ, facilitating inclusive growth and diversifying our economy by bringing more equity-seeking groups to the table. 

Recent budget projections have included large surpluses and Alberta is now seeing a dramatic fiscal recovery following years of pressure due to low oil prices and the pandemic. This raises the question of Alberta’s long-term fiscal planning given volatile oil and gas revenues. 

Our Recommendations

  1. Invest in Innovation and Diversification, building on areas of growth in Alberta’s economy in energy, tourism, transportation, health and life sciences, agriculture, technology, and services. 
  2. Foster skills development and labour attraction by reducing trade and mobility barriers, investing in training, promoting the province to national and international audiences, and supporting the vibrancy of our communities. 
  3. Improve community safety and well-being to provide supports appropriate for Albertan’s needs, including supporting adequate shelter spaces, investing in solutions across the housing spectrum, continuing to address the drug poisoning crisis, and investing in health care and policing. 
  4. Plan for responsible fiscal management by: 
    1. Adopting a concrete fiscal plan to ensure surpluses are invested in Alberta’s future. 
    2. Appointing an independent panel of experts to review Alberta’s revenue sources, including a review of current and potential sources of revenue. 
    3. Publishing a report annually on the long-term fiscal health of the province forecasting at least twenty years into the future, including enduring performance measures and tracking. This should include: 
      1. Expected demographic changes that will impact on the economy and/or the provision of government services. 
      2. Projected changes related to Alberta’s major industries and the Canadian economy. 
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If you have any questions, contact Dana Severson at or (780) 425-4180 ext. 2.