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. You can find information on how the ministry operates, its goals, priority initiatives, performance measures and budget allocations.


Budget 2015 and the Government of Alberta’s 3-Year Plan address the effects of depressed oil prices while ensuring vital programs and services are maintained. The 2015-16 budget for Alberta Culture and Tourism provides opportunity for continued growth in cultural industries, support for our community-based nonprofit organizations and significant investments to expand the Alberta tourism industry, while still reflecting the need to be fiscally prudent.

This is the first step in our long-term strategy to create new opportunities for investment toward building a more diversified, resilient and sustainable economy. The measures outlined within Budget 2015 and our 3-year business plan, combined with the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of our culture and tourism partners will help build an economy that is able to weather the impacts of the global economy. Alberta Culture and Tourism’s 2015-16 budget is $329.6 million including operating and capital spending.

Arts and Creative Industries

The important contribution and potential of Alberta’s artists and arts organizations is recognized by our government as we look to further grow our arts sector and create a diversified provincial economy. Alberta continues to be among the leaders in provincial per capita funding for the arts. That is reflected within Budget 2015 by providing $75.6 million for arts and creative industries:

  • $26.6 million to support artists and arts organizations through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
  • $36.8 million for the Alberta Media Fund to help support Alberta's screen-based, sound recording and print industries and to meet current commitments within the sector.
  • $7.9 million in the Historic Resources Fund for the Jubilee Auditoria.


Tourism is one of the cornerstones of our commitment to diversify Alberta’s economy. Our goal is to further expand an industry that is expected to generate more than $10 billion in economic activity annually by 2020. We will achieve this by investing in world-class facilities and infrastructure that will attract more visitors to our province, enhance our reputation at home and abroad and ensure accessible travel opportunities for families right here in Alberta. Budget 2015 provides $69.3 million for tourism marketing and development, including:

  • $54.4 million to support tourism marketing initiatives through Travel Alberta.
  • $12.7 million in support of tourism development and investment attraction.


The preservation and protection of Alberta's rich history creates knowledge and awareness of our storied past, strengthens pride in our communities and helps to grow economic opportunities for a prosperous future. Funding of $55 million allocated in Budget 2015 will help to ensure Albertans have continued access to our museums archives and historic resources:

  • Investment in heritage preservation and support to Alberta's network of 19 museums and historic sites across the province, as well as support to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
  • $900,000 to help support the transition of the Royal Alberta Museum to its new facility in downtown Edmonton.
  • $8.2 million to the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, to continue to provide support for heritage preservation initiatives across the province.

Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector

Alberta’s nonprofit/voluntary sector generates economic activity valued at more than $9.6 billion annually, employs more than 175,000 Albertans and through innovative, community-based programming, responds to local needs with local action. Budget 2015 provides $64.7 million in funding through our Community Grants programs:

Recreation and Physical Activity

Our government remains committed to promoting a healthy, active lifestyle for Albertans and Alberta communities through investment in sport and sport development initiatives. Budget 2015 provides $30 million in overall support of sport, recreation and physical activity programs and services:

  • $5.3 million to help support the outcomes of an active Alberta, as well as the 25 recreation associations and 15 active living organizations across Alberta, in a collaborative effort promoting healthy, active living in our schools and communities.
  • $22 million to the Alberta Sport Connection to support all levels of sport and sport development in the province.
  • A commitment to hosting the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Francophone Secretariat

Alberta's Francophone Secretariat represents the needs of the Francophone community in Alberta and supports initiatives aimed at promoting French language and culture. Budget 2015 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 Investment

The capital investment budget of $3 million provides for the funding of equipment purchases and materials necessary to support the operations of ministry programs and services, ranging from replacement computers to display hardware at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Our Commitment

Each day, Alberta’s culture and tourism sectors contribute to the cultural, social and economic well-being of communities across the province. Both sectors continue to play a prominent role as we work together to diversify Alberta’s economy and build strong communities for Alberta families. 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: October 27, 2015
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