GOA Budget with 2% Increase and $1 Million Towards Infrastructure Planning
March 16, 2017

The Government of Alberta (GOA) has continued to show their support for its post-secondary education with a 2% increase to the College's Campus Alberta Base Operating Grant and an additional $1 Million to its campus Infrastructure Needs Assessment. The Working to Make Life Better Budget 2017-18 gives an increase of $446K in funding for the College.

Portage College experiences about 4.5% inflationary costs per annum. The budget's provision of 2% towards operating costs helps balance the budget while maintaining workforce. The college is committed to balancing its budget by reducing its operational expenditures in the 2017-18 year by $1.1 million and reducing self-funded capital for infrastructure. Our 2017-18 budget includes $500K in grow forward initiatives that will improve instructional delivery and supports to students.  

"Existing cost pressure means we will make operational changes. More critically important is that we are maintaining our workforce and continue to provide a high level of training with increased opportunity for education." said Dr. Trent Keough, President & CEO of Portage College.  

The $1 million for a Portage College Infrastructure Needs Assessment will enable the college to assess its infrastructure in relationship to the future needs of its students.  

"We're really delighted that the Government of Alberta is seeing the need to explore the expansion of the college campuses," says Ray Danyluk, Board of Governors Chair of Portage College. "The $1 million dollars will enable the college to put an excellent business proposal forward for the next capital plan."

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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