Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winners and Losers in Alberta's 2017 Budget

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winners and Losers in Alberta's 2017 Budget

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Winners and losers in Alberta's 2017 budget

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EDMONTON - The Alberta government released its budget Thursday. Here are some of the winners and losers:

Winners

Grade School Studentsand their parents -- The budget will increase funding to match enrolment, build 10 new schools and upgrade or replace another 16. Schools fees paid by parents are also being cut by $54 million.

Post-Secondary Students -- The government will extend a tuition freeze for a third year. There is also a two per cent hike to operating grants for institutions.

Patients and Seniors -- There's money in the budget to build a new hospital in Edmonton, a continuing care centre in Calgary and build or upgrade care facilities provincewide.

The eco-conscious -- Over the next three years, the province will reinvest $5.4 billion from the carbon tax into everything from free energy efficient light bulbs to rapid-transit projects. …

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