Alberta Futures Project

The collapse of oil and gas prices in 2014 combined with the rapid growth of U.S. oil production, difficulties in obtaining approval for infrastructure to reach new markets, and uncertainty regarding the impacts of climate change policies worldwide have proven to be strong headwinds for the province’s key energy sector.

Together, the negative effects on employment, incomes, and provincial government revenues have been substantial. To make matters worse, in early 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic struck a major blow to the lives and health of segments of the population and to livelihoods in many sectors. The result has been further employment and income losses, more reductions in government revenues, huge increases in government expenditures and debt. These events, combined with lagging productivity, rapid technological shifts, significant climate policy impacts and demographic trends, call for great wisdom, innovation, collective action, and leadership to put the province on the path of sustainable prosperity.

It is in this context that we commissioned a series of papers from a wide range of authors to discuss Alberta’s economic future, its fiscal future, and the future of health care.

The plan is that these papers will ultimately be chapters in three e-books published by the School of Public Policy.  However, in the interest of timeliness and encouraging discussion, we are releasing selected chapters at various intervals as pre-publications and organizing webinars on selected topics. The first e-book Alberta’s Economic and Fiscal Future released fall, 2021.


A previous project:
The Alberta’s Fiscal Future (AFF) project – a two-year research/public engagement initiative providing the public and policymakers with in-depth analyses of Alberta’s fiscal situation and policy options to address it

Driving Health Innovation
Aleem Bharwani/Lorian Hardcastle
November 7, 2022

Wellbeing Budgeting: Better Health via Smarter Fiscal Policy in Alberta
Lindsay McLaren/Temi Famuyide/Paul Kershaw
May 12, 2022

Achieving Primary Health Care Equity with Indigenous Peoples
Lynden Crowshoe/Stephanie Montesanti/Cheryl Barnabe
May 3, 2022

Nothing for Us without Us
Jennifer Zwicker
April 21, 2022

Building Climate-Resilient and Sustainable Healthcare
Sonja Wicklum/Clark Svrcek/Kate Nuique/Martina Kelly
April 7, 2022

Reinvent, Reformulate and Redirect
Tanvir Chowdhury/Nashit Chowdhury/Lisa Petermann
March 31, 2022

Advancing Equity-Oriented, Person and People-Centred Care in Alberta
Stephanie Montesanti/Gail MacKean
March 24, 2022

Changing the Faces of Medicine: It starts at the top
Rabiya Jalil/Shannon Ruzycki/Allison Brown/Makela Nkemdirim
March 10, 2022

Bill 30 Entities
Amity Quinn/Yewande Ogundeji/Braden Manns
March 3, 2022

The Regulation of Virtual Health Care Services in Canada
Lorian Hardcastle/Ubaka Ogbogu
February 24, 2022

Recruitment and Retention of Rural and Remote Physicians
Yewande Ogundeji/Braden Manns
February 17, 2022

Building Naturally Supportive Communities to Promote Well-being: A Policy Brief
Suzanne Tough/Jessica-Lynn Walsh/Nancy Reynolds
February 10, 2022