2015-16 Provincial Budget Analysis

The provincial budget released on October 27 is not transformational; rather, it is transitional. The budget
comes six months into the fiscal year from a newly elected government that replaced a 40-year regime. It
maintains service levels in a lagging economy, and includes a number of targeted investments and initiatives
that are consistent with campaign promises. It signals shifting priorities and suggests a larger transformation
may be reflected in the spring budget.

Highlights for nonprofits and charities

The provincial budget provides a degree of funding certainty and stability for many Alberta nonprofits, reflecting the government’s belief that service levels should not be tied to the state of the economy.

Included in the budget were two previously announced funding increases – $25 million for Family and
Community Support Services to enhance community-based services, as well as $15 million for women’s
shelters to address family violence. Both increases are welcome news for the sector.

The Job Creation Incentive Program was announced as a grant program rather than a tax credit. This is
significant for the sector as it means that nonprofits and charities are eligible to participate. Grants of up to $5,000 for “net new” positions will be available starting in January on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the full CCVO 2015-16 provincial budget analysis (includes data tables)

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