Business Plan & Budget

The ministry's business plan is an ongoing three-year plan that is part of the government's commitment to be open and accountable. It contains information about the environment in which the ministry operates and its goals, priority initiatives, performance measures and budget allocations.


Albertans have told us that their priorities are controlling spending while ensuring every tax dollar is spent wisely and creating jobs while fostering economic diversification. Through Budget 2016, the Alberta government is taking action to promote job creation, economic diversification and growth, while ensuring Alberta families have the supports they need. We are moving Alberta forward.

Albertans recognize that dealing with the impacts of a decline in oil prices means focusing on the competent management of taxpayer dollars and we are positioning Culture and Tourism to be a significant part of moving Alberta forward. The actions we take today will help to diversify Alberta’s economy and ensure a more stable and resilient province that is able to withstand the rapid changes of a volatile global economy. Alberta Culture and Tourism’s 2016-17 budget is $342.3 million including operating and capital investment spending.

Arts and Cultural Industries

Recognizing the important contribution of Alberta artists and arts organizations and the potential of the arts sector to support a more diversified Alberta economy, Alberta continues to be among the leaders in provincial per capita funding for the arts. Budget 2016 allocates $75 million for arts and creative industries, including:

  • $26.6 million to support artists and arts organizations through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
  • $37 million for the Alberta Media Fund to support Alberta’s screen-based, sound recording and print industries and to meet current commitments within the sector.
  • $7.6 million in the Historic Resources Fund for the Jubilee Auditoria.


Tourism is one of the cornerstones of our commitment to diversify Alberta’s economy. While Alberta deals with the fiscal challenges brought on by falling oil prices, tourism remains strong with record numbers of leisure travellers visiting many of our province’s destinations. Budget 2016 allocates $62 million for tourism development and marketing, including:

  • $49.5 million to support tourism marketing initiatives through Travel Alberta.
  • $11.5 million to the ministry’s Tourism Division in support of industry development.
  • $1 million in annual revenue generated by Travel Alberta programming will continue to be reinvested in tourism marketing


A growing interest in heritage preservation has created new opportunities for communities to diversify their local economies while sharing the story of Alberta’s past. Funding of $55.5 million allocated in Budget 2016, will help to ensure Albertans and visitors from around the world have continued access to our museums, archives and historic resources. This includes:

Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector

Employing more than 175,000 Albertans in the delivery of social, cultural and recreational programs and services, the non-profit sector enhances the quality of life for all Albertans and is an important contributor to the provincial economy. Budget 2016 provides $80 million in funding through our Community Grants programs, including:

Recreation and Physical Activity

Sport and recreation are an important part of the culture of our province and we will continue to support initiatives that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and support strong communities. Budget 2016 provides $29.3 million in support to sport, recreation and physical activity programs and services and to help attract major sporting events to our province, including:

  • $5.3 million to help support the outcomes of an active Alberta and the 25 recreation associations and 15 active living organizations across Alberta in a collaborative effort promoting healthy, active living in our schools and communities.
  • $21.2 million to the Alberta Sport Connection to support all levels of sport and sport development in the province.
  • Support to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Francophone Secretariat

Alberta's Francophone Secretariat plays a vital role in ensuring we continue to build upon the strong relationship we have forged with the province’s growing Francophone community. Budget 2016 provides $1.3 million for the Francophone Secretariat to help support the planning and delivery of quality French-language services and initiatives aimed at contributing to the development of Francophone communities.

Capital Plan

Through Capital Plan 2016, government will make additional investments in the expansion of the Calgary Zoo, Fort Edmonton Park and Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Each day, Alberta’s culture and tourism sectors contribute to the cultural, social and economic well-being of communities across the province. Both sectors will continue to play a prominent role as we work together to diversify Alberta’s economy and build strong communities. We will continue to work with our partners to develop and showcase our resources for the benefit of Alberta’s families, communities, visitors and investors.

Last reviewed/revised: May 24, 2016
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