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Money Courts, social services win in Alberta budget; students face tuition increases

11:01  25 october  2019
11:01  25 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

From income taxes to AirBnB rentals: How Alberta's new budget will affect your personal finances

  From income taxes to AirBnB rentals: How Alberta's new budget will affect your personal finances Albertans will pay more for everything from income taxes to user fees to tuition to smoking and AirBnB rentals under the budget unveiled by the United Conservative government on Thursday. The budget aims to balance the books by 2022-23 and relies heavily on tax reductions and streamlining for corporations with the assumption those benefits will trickle down to individuals.The only signs of relief for individuals will come in the form of child benefits for families, or in the form of reduced taxes on corporate dividend payouts if you happen to own profitable stock.

EDMONTON — Alberta ’s United Conservative government tabled its first budget Thursday. Here is a look at who might be pleased and who won ’t be so Courts : Province to hire 50 new prosecutors and increase access to drug treatment courts . Social services : More money to go to address human

An institution’s average tuition and apprenticeship fee increases cannot increase by more than the annual percentage change in Alberta 's Consumer Price Index. Students must be given the opportunity to help determine tuition and fee increases .

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EDMONTON — Alberta's United Conservative government tabled its first budget Thursday. Here is a look at who might be pleased and who won't be so happy:

WINNERS

Bibliophiles: Government to maintain library service grant funding at $37 million.

Courts: Province to hire 50 new prosecutors and increase access to drug treatment courts.

Social services: More money to go to address human trafficking, sexual exploitation and caseload pressures in Community and Social Services.

Hungry students: School nutrition program to be expanded with $15.5 million to schools and $3 million for non-profits.

Alta. universities, colleges say UCP funding cuts are ‘significant’, ‘a challenge’

  Alta. universities, colleges say UCP funding cuts are ‘significant’, ‘a challenge’ Alberta universities and colleges are bracing themselves for the fallout from cuts to post-secondary education as a result of the province’s 2019 budget. On Thursday, the budget for advanced education was slashed five per cent from 2018 and will be down 12 per cent by 2023.READ MORE: Highlights from Alberta budget 2019Most institutions will see some type of funding decrease, but the biggest hit will be the University of Alberta and University of Calgary at nearly seven per cent as well as MacEwan University and Bow Valley College at almost eight per cent. NAIT will see a roughly 2.

Alberta ’s international tuition fees are competitive with institutions across Canada. When you compare Canadian tuition costs to those in the United States, you’ll find that Canadian costs are more reasonable, while the quality of education remains high.

Budget , planning, reporting and savings. Alberta Public Service jobs. Income Support. Employment standards. Leads income, employment, disabilities and community-based supports, family violence prevention, and family & community support services .

Patients: $160 million in increased funding for mental-health and addictions treatment, opioid response and palliative care.

LOSERS

Post-secondary students: Tuition freeze to be lifted. One percentage point increase in student loan interest rates.

Smokers: Cost of a carton of cigarettes to rise $5 to $55. Plans for a future tax on vaping products.

People with special needs: Province to end inflation indexing for special needs programs such as the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped.

South Edmonton residents: A new hospital on the capital city's south side is to be delayed three years to 2030.

Short-term renters: A tourism levy is to be introduced on short-term rentals such as Airbnbs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2019.

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Note to readers: CHANGES $37 billion to $37 million under WINNERS Bibliophiles:

300 teachers to be cut, fees increased as CBE struggles under tough Alberta budget .
Public schools are facing the loss of more than 300 teaching jobs, increased class sizes and significant fee increases in response to the UCP’s tough budget presented almost two weeks ago. Expressing shock and disbelief, officials with the Calgary Board of Education estimate that provincial cuts to three critical grants, including the classroom improvement fund and the class size initiative fund, will result in a $32-million reduction for this school year.

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