Post-Secondary & Skilled Trades

Post-Secondary Education

  • Created and released The Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy, which sets the road map for a re-envisioned post-secondary system focusing on high-quality education and the skills and training needed for Alberta’s future.
  • Introduced a new outcomes-based post-secondary funding approach which will increase transparency and accountability and help build a modern and diverse workforce for the future.
  • Worked with universities, polytechnic institutions and colleges to clarify and strengthen free speech on campuses. Institutions reinforced their commitment to free and open dialogue by developing policies that align with the principles of the University of Chicago Statement on Free Expression. These principles give students and faculty strong protection with respect to freedom of expression, and have been adopted by a number of post-secondary institutions throughout North America.
  • Investing $500 million over four years to help Albertans develop new skills and grow their careers. This investment will create 18,000 new seats in post-secondary training programs for high-demand careers like doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, scientists, IT professionals, and more, while providing more financial assistance directly to students so they can attend the programs they need. 
  • Working to address the health care challenges the province is facing by investing almost $20 million to create 120 new physician seats at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. Alberta’s government is also investing $113 million to add 100 residency training spaces for newly graduated doctors, particularly in rural areas and specialist fields. The funds include supports to expand the province’s ability to train more doctors, particularly in regional centres and rural communities. Once the seat expansion is fully realized, Alberta will be licensing more than 100 additional physicians annually who will be ready to practice.
  • Capped domestic tuition increases beginning in the 2024-25 school year, reduced interest rates on student loans, and doubled the interest-free grace period for student loans.
  • Created a pathway for career colleges to become independent academic institutions.

Skilled Trades

  • Took action to address the impending labour shortage by making it easier for skilled professionals to come to Alberta to help grow our economy and create jobs. 
  • Introduced the Labour Mobility Act, which ensures highly skilled certified workers from across Canada can bring their expertise to Alberta and help grow our economy – no matter where in the country they received their credentials.

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