December – MLA Kathleen Ganley’s Report

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Wrapping up 2017

As this year draws to a close, I am inspired to do a little year-in-review of what the Alberta Government has done to make life better for Albertans in 2017.

Starting with the little people…in May we launched 22 pilot Early Learning and Child Care Centres (ELCC), which offer high quality child care at the affordable rate of $25/day (half the average monthly price). At the conclusion of the 3-year pilot, there will be an evaluation to decide if the program will be expanded.

I know employment is very much on the minds of Albertans in our recovering economy. We have passed legislation to help Albertans secure and retain good jobs in workplaces that are fair, modern, and family friendly. Following extensive consultation, Alberta’s Employment Standards and Labour Relations Code were changed, and bring us into line with standards in other provinces. In October, our government also brought in the second of three increases to minimum wage, raising general minimum wage in Alberta to $13.60 per hour – the highest in the country.

Energy Efficiency Alberta was created to promote simple, cost-cutting technologies to reduce emissions in homes, businesses, and communities. If you need to replace an outdated refrigerator, washing machine, or thermostat, you can receive a rebate. To see how your household, business or organization can benefit, visit efficiencyalberta.ca

Alberta’s economy continues to gain strength. The Conference Board of Canada reports that Alberta’s economy is currently the fastest-growing provincial economy in the country, and ATB Financial reports that in the year ending Aug. 31, 35,000 Albertans assumed new full-time jobs. There is certainly more work to be done, but our government’s economic policies aimed at recovery are working, and more Albertans are working, which is cause for cheer.

My husband and I look forward to spending the holidays with the newest member of our family. From our home to yours, I extend warmest wishes for happy holidays.