Alberta Budget 2016
On April 14, Alberta’s government released details of Budget 2016. Funding for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) remains strong and stable at $26.6 million. In light of Alberta’s current fiscal realities, additional funding for the AFA that was committed in 2015 has been deferred until there is sufficient improvement in the province’s finances.
The AFA Board will meet in early May to discuss impacts on its 2016-17 budget and affirm its spending plan. The AFA will continue to advocate for a strong, well-funded arts community. At the same time, we will use our current resources to continue making significant impact on Albertan communities through our ongoing support of the arts.
While the AFA’s budget allocation remains unchanged from 2015, Alberta is still a national leader in provincial per capita funding for the arts. We are pleased to note that the work of the AFA has been endorsed by the government after its recent review of the province’s agencies, boards, and commissions (ABCs), after which many were either consolidated or eliminated.
This is an exceptional year with regards to Alberta’s finances and we understand the government’s resources are extremely limited. We all want to do our part to get our province back on track. The AFA remains committed to supporting the development of the arts in Alberta, and we are proud to continue to work with and support the artists and arts organizations of our province.
Alberta Culture & Tourism Budget 2016 information
Alberta Budget 2016 estimates: Culture & Tourism (PDF)
Alberta Culture & Tourism 2016-19 Business Plan (PDF)