Alberta’s redistribution of PSE funding

April 14, 2014

After cutting $147 million in funding to PSE institutions in 2013-14, the Alberta government recently announced it would add $82.5 million back into the PSE budget. However, according to some, the variations in the return of funding signal preferential treatment for certain technical programs and even for entire schools. Metro News compared the provincial funding for individual institutions in AB in 2012-13 and 2014-15, revealing a fairly large disparity between institutions. For instance, where the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary are both facing declines of more than 3% in their provincial operating grants compared to 2012-13, Bow Valley College has received a 2.18% increase, and St Mary’s University College received an increase of more than 10%. John Muir, spokesperson for Alberta’s advanced education ministry, told Metro that the funding increases were in response to specific proposals submitted by institutions. "We relied on post-secondary institutions to identify those programs to us that were in high demand and where the labour-market demand was for them,” he said. Metro News