Posted on Apr 3, 2017
Budget 2017 and Energy Efficiency Alberta
I was out and about at the end of March for Constituency Week, connecting with constituents and local businesses to hear their concerns and discuss what they would like to see in government. Pounding the pavement with my office staff, I was able to speak with many of you face to face. Things have felt a little empty downtown with the recent economy, but I know Calgary-Buffalo is a resilient community.
We are slowly adding jobs back to the Alberta economy as our deficit has kept steady and investment grows again in our province. Alberta is predicted to have the highest economic activity of all Canadian provinces throughout 2017 and 2018!
The announcement of Budget 2017-2018 has created a clear path for our province over the next year. We are keeping government spending in check while ensuring that Albertans are receiving the quality services that they need; so, spending will remain stable. The government announced it will be cutting salaries and eliminating bonuses for the highest paid top executives of agencies, boards, and commissions to bring their pay in line with public sector equivalents. This came into effect last month and these changes to compensation are expected to save nearly $16 million a year, without having any effect on services received by Albertans. Finance Minister Joe Ceci integrated a large amount of constituent feedback and consultation into the development of the new budget, and I am sure it will serve our province well.
The Energy Efficiency Office will be launching this month, as I spoke about in the March newsletter. There are many new programs being launched to help Albertans reduce their energy consumption and save on the carbon levy. These programs also include a recently announced Residential and Commercial Solar rebate of up to 30% of your costs. Check out https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/ for more information.