Alberta firms cry foul over health costs

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/10/2003

Health-care premiums, often paid by employers on workers’ behalf, will increase by 30 per cent as announced by the Alberta government in its late-March budget. The hike is one of 44 recommendations to change health care in the province.

This will have significant impact on the business world, said Dan Kelly, vice-president for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) in Calgary.

Employers in Alberta have the option of paying all or part of their employee’s premium at a fixed rate or they can choose not to pay for premiums at all. This option is exclusive to both Alberta and British Columbia since other provinces such as Ontario pay the health-care tax as a percentage of payroll.