This past spring, the UCP government released their 2021–2022 budget. In it, they projected gaming and lottery revenue of nearly $1.25 billion.
They also outlined how they planned to spend that money. So I thought I’d go through it all.
More than a third of it is allocated to the health ministry. Specifically, they plan to spend $527.2 million on continuing care.
The next largest chunk would go to the education ministry, which would get $300 million. Half it will go to operations, and the other half to transportation.
The Indigenous relations ministry plans to spend $123 million on the First Nations Development Fund and $200,000 on First Nations and Métis relations.
In fourth place is the culture ministry, with a combined projected spend of $113.8 million in the following areas:
|Alberta Foundation for Arts||$25.6 million|
|Community Initiatives Program||$22.1 million|
|Alberta Media Fund||$19.8 million|
|Community Facility Enhancement Program||$18.5 million|
|Sport, physical activity, and recreation||$14.6 million|
|Major Fairs Program||$6.8 million|
|Glenbow Museum||$2.3 million|
|Provincial heritage organisations||$1.7 million|
|Heritage Preservation Partnership||$1.5 million|
Just over $70 million will end up with the Community and Social Services ministry: $52 million for family and community support services, $12 million for FASD initiatives, and $6.5 million for family and community safety.
The province plans to spend $40 million of the gaming revenue on highway maintenance
The finance ministry hopes to inject $38.8 million back into gaming, with $37.2 million going to the horse racing and breeding renewal programme and the rest for gaming research.
The second lowest amount will be just shy of $20 million for Agriculture and Forestry, $11.5 million to agricultural societies and exhibitions and $8.5 for agricultural service boards.
Finally, in last place, the environment and parks ministry has allocated $10 million toward operations and $500,000 to resource management.