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.


While Alberta has begun to emerge from one of the deepest recessions to strike the province in decades, we remain committed to a fiscal approach that protects vital services and supports economic recovery, through thoughtful investment and prudent management of resources. Budget 2017 is about making life better for Alberta families with a fiscal blueprint that will help us to build a stronger, more resilient economy while ensuring affordable access to important programs and services.

We are working to diversify our economy and create new opportunities for business and good paying jobs for Albertans through strategic investment in areas such as tourism and the cultural industries. We will continue to work to help realize the full potential of our resources for the benefit of Alberta’s families, communities, visitors and investors. Culture and Tourism’s 2017-18 budget is $353.7 million including operating and capital investment spending.

Arts and Cultural Industries

The vitality of Alberta’s arts and culture sector is a source of pride for Albertans and an attraction for visitors and investment. By creating new economic opportunities for artists and arts organizations, we help ensure people from all walks of life will continue to enjoy and fully experience Alberta’s culture and creativity. Budget 2017 allocates $76.8 million for arts and cultural industries, including:


The growth of Alberta’s tourism sector remains a key contributor to the diversification of the Alberta economy. Our commitment for tourism marketing and industry development remains among the highest in the country, and we continue to work with industry stakeholders to grow Alberta as a premier destination for domestic and international travellers while providing exciting, affordable vacation options for Alberta families. Budget 2017 allocates $60.8 million for tourism development and marketing, including:

  • $49.2 million to support tourism marketing through Travel Alberta.
  • $10.8 million to the ministry’s Tourism Division in support of industry development.

Through the Capital Plan, we are also making strategic investments in cultural and tourism infrastructure.


Alberta families and visitors can continue to discover opportunities to explore our province’s past today and for years to come. Funding of $57.6 million allocated in Budget 2017 will help to ensure Albertans and visitors from around the world have continued access to our museums, archives and historic resources. This includes:

Non-profit/Voluntary Sector

Employing more than 175,000 Albertans in the delivery of social, cultural and recreational programs and services, the non-profit sector helps deliver the important social programs and services that are making life better for Alberta’s most vulnerable citizens. Budget 2017 provides $79.9 million in funding through 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, more active lifestyle while creating new economic opportunities for Alberta communities. Budget 2017 provides $27.4 million in support to sport, recreation and physical activity programs and services and to help attract major sporting events to our province, including:

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 2017 provides $1.5 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

For Alberta Culture and Tourism, the Capital Plan 2017 provides additional investments in tourism infrastructure through the expansion of the Calgary Zoo, Fort Edmonton Park, Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Reynolds-Alberta Museum collection facilities, as well as the refurbishment of Calgary’s WinSport sliding track.

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: November 21, 2017
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