Alberta This Week

What to Expect

With just eight days left until the deadline for the first $75,000 and 1,000 signatures for the UCP leadership race, this week will be a critical one. Leadership candidates MLA Travis Toews and Danielle Smith have both submitted their first tranche of funding and signatures. Amisk Mayor Bill Rock has already stated he will not be able to meet the requirements and has stopped campaigning. As a result, it’s possible that the race may narrow to about five or six candidates on July 21.

The Week That Was

At his final Premier’s Stampede breakfast in his current role, Jason Kenney announced September 1 will be recognized as Alberta Day to formally recognize the province’s entrance into Confederation in 1905.

Non-profit Alberta-based childcare development projects in communities with either high demand or limited childcare space are now able to apply for funding through the Alberta Canada Early Learning and Child Care agreement. The agreement provides a total of $50 million for the period of 2022 to 2023.

Alberta’s electricity rebate program will amount to approximately $600 million in relief through the rest of 2022. Nearly two million homes, farms, and small businesses will receive monthly credits on their electricity bills beginning this month until the end of December. Eligible applicants will receive a $50/month bill credit for a total of six consecutive months.

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