Alberta freezes salaries at provincial agencies, boards, commissions

Part of ongoing restraint measures to reduce government operating costs

Alberta is freezing salaries for all management and non-union employees at provincial agencies, boards, and commissions as part of the province’s ongoing restraint measures to reduce government operating costs.

Among the organizations affected by the freeze are Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, and the Alberta Energy Regulator.

The freeze will be in effect for two years, beginning April 1.

“We are facing once-in-a-generation economic challenges, and we need to reduce our costs while doing all we can to protect jobs and maintain public services that support families.” Joe Ceci, president of Treasury Board and finance minister.

Similar compensation freezes were put into effect in January for all management and non-union Alberta Public Service employees, and last October for cabinet members, MLAs, and political staff.

The freeze applies to all agencies, boards, and commissions listed under Alberta’s Public Agencies Governance Act. The salary freeze is a first step to contain salary cost while the review of compensation for board members and executives at agencies, boards, and commissions continues.

As outlined in the Throne Speech, legislation will be introduced this spring to further address compensation for these officials.

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