Budget 2018: Signs of thinking differently, but still committed to status-quo

The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) was pleased to see Budget 2018 highlight the value of Alberta’s nonprofit sector. The provincial budget, released on March 22, includes the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s key strategies that place a priority on assisting nonprofits in building their human and financial capacity. Additionally, the need for and value of collaboration with partners outside of Government were highlighted in the 2018-19 provincial budget. “This as an important signal and step towards supporting healthy communities, as many organizations within the nonprofit sector are well-positioned to work with Government on shared goals,” says David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. “CCVO is encouraged to see collaboration and partnership highlighted as a priority.” This budget also broadly considers the impact of spending to better support gender equality and Indigenous peoples. Taking this whole-of-government approach is a progressive step, and one of the first for a Canadian government. In CCVO’s pre-budget submission, which was informed by nonprofit sector input, we asked the Government to think and spend differently; Budget 2018 focus in these areas demonstrates the beginning of integrative thinking about public spending. There continues, however, to be more opportunity for future budgets to move beyond the status quo and think differently about public finances to more sustainably serve Alberta’s communities. Potential support for organizations affected by changes to labour legislation Over the past several months, CCVO listened to concerns from nonprofits about the impact of the updated Employment Standards Code on their operations, including increased costs of overtime, general holiday pay,  and the capacity required to update human resources policies...

Budget 2017 Holds the Line on Spending

Budget 2017-18 holds the line on spending as Alberta enters the third year of economic downturn. The budget maintains spending on front-line public services, which is consistent with what the government had signaled leading up to yesterday’s release.

2015-16 Provincial Budget Analysis

The provincial budget released on October 27 is not transformational; rather, it is transitional. 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.

Provincial Budget: Stability For the Nonprofit Sector In a Time of Uncertainty

Today’s provincial budget reflects priorities outlined in the NDP election platform and demonstrates the government’s commitment to preserving public programs and services. Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) President and CEO Katherine van Kooy notes that “the priorities laid out in this budget reflect an understanding of the importance of maintaining community services during times of economic hardship and strengthening programs for Alberta’s most vulnerable.”

NDP Platform Highlights

The following is a compilation of statements taken from the Alberta NDP 2015 Election Platform that are particularly relevant to Alberta’s non-profit and charitable sector. Statements are taken verbatim. CCVO has reordered some of the statements and in some cases, added different headings. We have also removed reference to the Progressive Conservative Party and former Premier Prentice in these statements. Children & Families | Communities & Municipalities | Economic Diversification | Education | Employment | Environment & Climate | Fiscal Framework | First Nations & Indigenous People | Gender Equality | Health | Social Services | Budget Summary Children and Families We will invest in child care, creating new spaces and improving affordability, quality and access. We will move toward $25-a-day care in quality child care centres as Alberta’s finances permit. We will immediately implement enhancements to the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit and the Alberta Working Family Supplement so low income families do not have to wait more than a year to benefit. We will also adjust the Supplement to ensure all low income families can access it. We will review employment standards to support family-friendly work standards, including improving compassionate care leaves and providing time off for family responsibilities. Communities and Municipalities We’ll provide stable, predictable funding to both large and smaller municipalities and ensure they have resources they need to fulfill infrastructure priorities, such as transit. We will maintain the Municipal Sustainability Initiative. We’ll ensure rural communities have access to needed health care, education and infrastructure services. As part of this commitment, we will sit down with local government stakeholders to review the question of linear assessment....

Alberta’s Fiscal Future: An important message from CCVO

On December 15, the Alberta Government issued a press release outlining steps that will be taken to control spending through the remainder of this fiscal year through cost containment measures.

The release states that lowered resource revenues and expanding populations pose “unique challenges” for Alberta.

There is nothing unique about the current provincial economic circumstances.

An open letter to Premier Prentice

Dear Premier Prentice:

On behalf of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO), I am writing you regarding the provincial fiscal situation and messaging from the Province about cost containment measures in the current fiscal year and in budget 2015-16.

We are very concerned about the potential for monetary decisions to compromise the nonprofit sector’s ability to sustain services it provides to communities. CCVO urges the Province to consider the impact of its budgetary decision-making on Alberta’s nonprofit sector. Additionally, we cannot stress strongly enough how important it is that Government facilitate a meaningful conversation with Albertans about the best way to stabilize provincial finances.

Alberta Budget 2014/15: Implications for the Nonprofit Sector

The Government of Alberta’s 2014-15 Budget, released on March 6th, projects $43 billion in revenues and an operational surplus of $2.6 billion. When flood assistance and debt servicing are removed from the equation, Budget 2014 amounts to a 3.9% increase over forecasted expenditures for 2013-14. This is in keeping with the recent throne speech commitment to keeping spending below growth and inflation until 2015. As the government is forecasting growth and inflation for the coming fiscal year to be 5%; in effect, this budget represents a slight decrease in operational expenditures. In order to support comparison of this year’s budgeted expenditures with previous years, the summary tables on pages 9-11 show ministry totals with flood related costs, as well as with these extraordinary costs removed....

Alberta Budget 2014 Submission

CCVO’s submission on Alberta Budget 2014 makes recommendations related to the ongoing sustainability of the nonprofit sector and its workforce, as well as the need for transformational change efforts to be supported with timely consultation and predictable funding. Read/Download...

CCVO Analysis: Alberta Budget 2013

On March 7, the Government of Alberta released a budget that holds overall operational spending at $36.4 billion, the same level as last year. It forecasts an operational deficit of $451 million before an additional $5.2 billion in capital spending. While some of the implications of this year’s budget for Alberta’s nonprofit sector are immediately apparent, others will come into clearer focus in the months ahead.

CCVO Op-Ed: Can we cut our way to a preferred future?

Over the past several months, we have seen the emergence of a difficult and long overdue conversation about how we finance the services that Albertans need and expect. Debate about tax options, expenditure controls and the level of services required to meet the needs of a growing population and a strong economy is healthy in a democratic society, but following the government’s release of the 2012-13 third-quarter fiscal report, now projecting a deficit between 3.5 and 4 billion dollars, the public discussion has been dominated by voices such as the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Fraser Institute and others who see expenditure reduction as the only solution.

2012 Budget Analysis

On February 9, the Government of Alberta released what has been widely interpreted as a stay-the course, pre-election budget. Budget 2012 does signal some new directions, however, these will not be implemented prior to the election.

Budget 2009: Measures to Assist Albertans and their Communities

This Pre-Budget submission by CCVO, ECVO, Volunteer Alberta and The Muttart Foundation called for the Provincial government to maintain funding levels for community based organizations, earmark infrastructure spending for community projects, continue to support programs and policies that stimulate charitable giving and continue to support the Alberta Voluntary/Nonprofit Sector Initiative (ANVSI)

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