Alberta Prosperity

— May 24, 2018
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The Decline of the Other Alberta Advantage: Debt Service Costs in Alberta Are Rising

The Decline of the Other Alberta Advantage: Debt Service Costs in Alberta Are Rising finds that every Albertan will pay, on average, $442 this year in interest on the province’s growing debt, compared to just $58 a decade ago. And if the province’s debt trend continues, debt-servicing costs may exceed $1,000 per person within the next 10 years.

— Apr 14, 2018
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Report Card on Alberta’s Elementary Schools 2018

The Report Card on Alberta’s Elementary Schools 2018 ranks 819 public, separate, francophone, independent and charter schools based on seven academic indicators derived from provincewide test results. The report card provides parents with information they can’t easily get anywhere else: In addition to five years of academic results, the report card shows which schools are improving or falling behind.

— Mar 27, 2018
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Why Is Alberta’s Deficit Still So Big?

Why Is Alberta’s Deficit Still So Big? finds that the province’s $8.8 billion deficit this year is not primarily due to low oil prices, but is largely a product of the Notley government’s spending decisions. In fact, if the current government had adhered to the spending plan it inherited from its predecessor laid out in the 2015 budget, the deficit today would be approximately $3 billion—less than half of the deficit actually posted in the recent provincial budget.

— Feb 15, 2018
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Alternative Paths for Alberta's Budget: Balance by 2023/24 Is Not Enough

Alternative Paths for Alberta’s Budget: Balance by 2023/24 Is Not Enough finds that the Alberta government could balance the budget years ahead of its self-imposed 2023/24 deadline with modest spending discipline and avoid accumulating tens of billions of dollars in additional debt. Moreover, the government is currently not on track to meet even its modest goal of balancing its budget by 2023/24 and will, in fact, run a $5 billion deficit that year if current revenue and spending trends continue.

— Oct 19, 2017
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Comparing the Family Income of Students in Alberta’s Independent and Public Schools

Comparing the Family Income of Students in Alberta’s Independent and Public Schools finds that despite common misperceptions, Alberta families with children in most independent schools actually have slightly lower incomes than families with children in public schools.

— Oct 7, 2017
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Report Card on Alberta’s High Schools 2017

The Report Card on Alberta’s High Schools 2017 rates 274 public, independent, separate and charter schools based on eight academic indicators generated from Grade 12 provincewide testing, grade-to-grade transition and graduation rates. The report card provides parents with information they can’t easily get anywhere else: In addition to five years of academic results, the report card shows which schools are improving or falling behind.

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