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Post-secondary spending in the Alberta budget

Spending on college and university building projects to be cut in half

The Alberta government, experiencing the province’s first recessionary period since 1986, released its proposed 2009-10 budget yesterday. The significant developments in post-secondary education spending include the following:

  • A six per cent operating grant increase for colleges and universities.
  • Tuition increases to be capped at the rate of inflation for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Spending on post-secondary infrastructure in 2009-10 and 2010-11 projected to be only about half of the amount invested in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

The Calgary Herald points out the following with regard to the downward direction of post-secondary infrastructure funding:

The province’s halt in the pace of post-secondary infrastructure stands in sharp contrast to the federal government’s recession-time stimulus injection of $2.75 billion for building upgrades and research innovation. Ontario, meanwhile, pledged $4 billion over two years for college and university projects.

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