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Alberta spending more, but saving more: Highlights from the fiscal update

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EDMONTON — Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci released the third-quarter fiscal update Wednesday showing the province on track for a $9.1-billion deficit when the budget year ends March 31 — $1.4 billion lower than expected. Here are some other highlights from the update:

The province is expected to take in an extra $1.9 billion in revenue this year for a total of $46.9 billion.

Spending is going up to $55.9 billion, about $1 billion more than projected in last spring’s budget.

Crude oil royalties to bring in $883 million, almost double what was expected.

Revenue from bitumen royalties to be $2.4 billion, about $188 million less than projected.

Personal income tax revenue expected to be $10.9 billion, $322 million less than expected.

Corporate income tax to generate $3.9 billion, about $66 million less than budget.

Capital plan spending forecast to be $9.2 billion, in line with the budget.

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The unemployment rate was projected at 7.6 per cent at budget, but is now pegged at 6.8 per cent.

Of the 90,000 new full-time jobs created in the last year, most are in the oil and manufacturing sectors.

 Debt for capital and operating expenses is forecast to reach $41.7 billion — about 12.4 per cent of GDP — with debt servicing costs at $1.4 billion.

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The Canadian Press

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