Alberta Minute: Energy Panel, Childcare Spaces, and Student Affordability Measures
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
The Legislature remains adjourned, but will resume on February 28th. There will be a meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on Tuesday at 9:00 am to discuss the Committee’s own 2022 Annual Report. The Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Northern Development will also be discussed.
Licensed family day home agencies can now apply for funding to open up new spaces. The Space Creation Grant is part of the Alberta-Canada Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, and is expected to result in 5,500 additional day home spaces. The initiative aims to reduce licensed child care fees and make high-quality child care affordable and flexible for Alberta families, particularly in rural and remote communities.
- We are hosting a Pints & Politics event on Thursday in conjunction with our friends at Common Sense Calgary. Please join us for some casual drinks and an opportunity for everyone to get together with like-minded Albertans to chat about politics. There's a lot going on, so there will be plenty of conversation topics! The event will be held at Jamesons Pub from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. If you don’t live near Calgary, don’t worry - there will be events near you coming soon. Please RSVP here.
Last Week In Alberta:
- The Province announced measures to provide financial relief to post-secondary students, including a 2% annual cap on tuition hikes, reduced interest rates on student loans, and a longer interest-free grace period. The repayment assistance plan income threshold has also been increased from $25,000 to $40,000, and the monthly Alberta student grant will be raised to $475.
To address healthcare staffing shortages in Alberta, the Province has unveiled a new Health Workforce Strategy. The plan includes a $90 million funding commitment for programs that attract and retain rural physicians, as well as $7 million to recruit nurses trained abroad. Healthcare workers who practice in rural areas will also be given incentives to encourage them to remain in small communities.
- An expert panel was convened to map out Alberta’s energy future. The five-member Premier's Advisory Council on Alberta's Energy Future is chaired by David Yager and includes oilpatch veterans. The panel will work with government ministries and industry stakeholders and generate recommendations. A report from the panel is due June 30th.
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