Budget 2022 Estimates
The Estimates process is the means by which the Alberta legislature scrutinizes the government's spending.
Cabinet has now tabled their estimated budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
This budget constitutes the Cabinet's best estimate of what this upcoming fiscal year will cost.
After the budget is tabled, each government department will have its spending plans scrutinize by the appropriate Committees through what is referred to as estimates debate.
Estimates debate is the period where Ministers, their department heads, and the Premier will debate MLAs from all parties assigned to Committees who are collectively tasked with scrutinizing the Ministers department's expenses on the day each Ministry goes before the appropriate Committee.
This is an opportunity for MLAs to dig into the details of each line item in the budget.
A line item in the budget could include any number of government programs and initiatives.
In spite of the thousands of line-items published in any given budget, there are often very few details in terms of how exactly these dollars are being spent.
The Estimates process underpins all other forms of accountability and goes to the heart of the relationship between Parliament and government.
Consideration of Estimates happens at least once a year after a budget is tabled, but also commonly a second time during Supplementary Estimates.
Once the Estimates have been debated, the Legislature must consider a Supply motion.
If the Legislature approves the motion, then the Supply Resolution that results paves the way for a Supply and Appropriation Bill.
Once this Bill is passed, it legally authorizes the expenditure as set out in the Estimates.
In Alberta approximately 60 hours is spent scrutinizing the main estimates in Committee, the chief venue in which budgetary scrutiny occurs.
Week 1 (March 7th - March 10th)
|Monday||7:00pm-9:00pm||Families and Communities||Service Alberta||Click Here|
|Monday||7:00pm-10:00pm||Resource Stewardship||Municipal Affairs||Click Here|
|Tuesday||9:00am-12:00pm||Families and Communities||Children's Services||Click Here|
|Tuesday||9:00am-12:00pm||Resource Stewardship||Treasury Board and Finance||Click Here|
|Tuesday||3:30pm-5:30pm||Economic Future||Infrastructure||Click Here|
|Tuesday||3:30pm-6:30pm||Resource Stewardship||Treasury Board and Finance Part 2||Click Here|
|Wednesday||9:00am-12:00pm||Economic Future||Jobs, Economy, Innovation||Click Here|
|Wednesday||9:00am-12:00pm||Families and Communities||Education||Click Here|
|Wednesday||3:30pm-6:30pm||Economic Future||Jobs, Economy, Innovation Part 2||Click Here|
|Wednesday||3:30pm-6:30pm||Families and Communities||Education Part 2||Click Here|
|Thursday||9:00am-12:00pm||Economic Future||Labour and Immigration||Click Here|
|Thursday||9:00am-12:00pm||Families and Communities||Community and Social Services||Click Here|
Week 2 (March 14th - March 17th)
|Monday||7:00pm-10:00pm||Families and Communities||Seniors and Housing||Click Here|
|Monday||7:00pm-10:00pm||Resource Stewardship||Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development||Click Here|
|Tuesday||9:00am-12:00pm||Resource Stewardship||Transportation||Click Here|
|Tuesday||9:00am-12:00pm||Families and Communities||Health||Click Here|
|Tuesday||3:30pm-6:30pm||Economic Future||Culture and Status of Women||Click Here|
|Tuesday||3:30pm-6:30pm||Families and Communities||Health Part 2||Click Here|
|Wednesday||9:00am-11:00am||Resource Stewardship||Indigenous Relations||Click Here|
|Wednesday||9:00am-12:00pm||Economic Future||Advanced Education||Click Here|
|Wednesday||3:30pm-6:30pm||Resource Stewardship||Energy||Click Here|
|Wednesday||4:00pm-6:00pm||Economic Future||Executive Council||Click Here|
|Thursday||9:00am-12:00pm||Resource Stewardship||Environment and Parks||Click Here|
|Thursday||9:00am-12:00pm||Families and Communities||Justice and Solicitor General||Click Here|