How Much More Does Alberta Spend On Services Compared To The Canadian Average?

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A analysis by Statistics Canada of 2016 Canadian Provincial budgets shows that Alberta spends an average of 10% more on services than the Canadian average.

Albertans spend a shocking 26% more than the Canadian average on Education.

Government expense by function per capita, 2016  Alberta   Canada   Alberta Premium 
Health  $4,944.00  $4,475.00  $                469.00
Education  $3,047.00  $2,455.00  $                592.00
Economic affairs  $2,112.00  $1,275.00  $                837.00
Social protection  $1,393.00  $1,770.00  $              (377.00)
General public services  $   947.00  $1,658.00  $              (711.00)
Public order and safety  $   762.00  $   723.00  $                  39.00
Environmental protection  $   584.00  $   301.00  $                283.00
Housing and community amenities  $   352.00  $   239.00  $                113.00
Recreation, culture, and religion  $   431.00  $   349.00  $                  82.00
Total  $14,572.00  $13,245.00  $1,327.00
Source: Statistics Canada CANSIM table 385-0041.

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Canadian Provincial Average vs Alberta Government Expenses Per Capital 2016 Breakdown

Alberta‘s newly elected Jason Kenny lead UCP government certainly has its work cut out for it.

For more details and graphs on provincial budgets look at our related article:  Does Health Care and Education Spending Really Account for 50% of Provincial Government Spending In Canada?

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