Alberta Budget 2020: What does it mean for Red Deer?

In its second provincial budget, the United Conservative government stuck to its plan to reduce spending and create jobs, while stressing its case to the federal government for a “Fair Deal for Alberta.”

Budget 2020 cuts operating expenses by about 2.5 per cent over three years. Alberta is left with an overall debt of just under $88 billion by 2022.

Here’s a look at how some of the changes (and previously announced budget decisions) affect Red Deer:

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre

The province is not allocating any money in this fiscal year to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre renewal project. However, it will spend $5 million and $20 million in 2021-22 and 2022-23, respectively.

Red Deer Integrated Emergency Shelter

The government’s latest budget includes new funding for the Red Deer Integrated Emergency Shelter. It earmarks $7 million to expand the existing facility and add 160 new shelter spaces.

Red Deer Justice Centre

The law courts in Red Deer will receive significant investment. Budget 2020 includes $157 million in spending over three years.

Prosecutors

The government previously made a commitment to hire 50 new prosecutors. We now know those new hires are not imminent, but will be made over four years. However, the budget shows spending on the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service will be cut by $3 million between this year and next. From 2019-2020 to 2020-2021, the amount allocated for prosecutors falls from $105 million to $102 million.

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