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The Parkland Institute is an Alberta research network situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. It operates within the established and distinctive tradition of Canadian political economy and is non-partisan. Read more »

ACSW Social Policy Framework 2010:

ACSW Social Policy Framework 2010
Visioning a more equitable and just Alberta

Alberta's growing inequality carries tremendous costs that cut across all of society. This policy agenda comes out of the ongoing work of the Alberta College of Social Workers to identify the sources of that inequality and recommend solutions.

Women’s Equality a Long Way Off in Alberta:

Women’s Equality a Long Way Off in Alberta
Alberta most unequal province in Canada

Alberta ranks last in Canada on a number of measures of women's economic equality. Alberta is also the only province where there is no voice for women, either through a ministry responsible for the status of women, women's directorate, or advisory council on the status of women.

Latest Research

April 23, 2015

Billions Forgone:

The Decline in Alberta Oil and Gas Royalties

April 20, 2015

From Gap to Chasm:

Alberta’s Increasing Income Inequality

April 09, 2015

A Monochrome Political Culture?:

Examining the Range of Albertans' Values and Beliefs

Parkland in the Media

April 23, 2015 | for immediate release

Royalties Fix Would Eliminate Much of Alberta’s Deficit

At least 40 percent of Alberta’s projected deficit for fiscal year 2015/16 could be eliminated by simply returning to the royalty formulas in place prior to 2009. Read more »

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April 20, 2015 | for immediate release

Alberta’s Income Inequality the Worst in Canada

Return to progressive tax would help reverse troubling trend

The gap between the rich and the poor in Alberta is the widest in the country, and the disparity between those Albertans at the top of the income ladder and those at the bottom has been growing faster than in any other province, according to the findings of a new fact sheet released today by the Parkland Institute. Read more »

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April 09, 2015 | for immediate release

Albertans more politically diverse than Tory streak suggests

Voters values and beliefs don’t fit neatly into left vs. right camps

With Albertans in the early days of another provincial election cycle, a new report released today by the Parkland Institute says that the values of Albertans are much more diverse than over 43 years of unbroken Progressive Conservative rule would suggest, and don’t fall neatly into left-versus-right polarization.

The report, A Monochrome Political Culture? Examining the Range of Albertans’ Values and Beliefs, is based on public opinion surveys conducted by the University of Alberta’s Population Research Laboratory in 2014.  Read more »

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March 26, 2015 | for immediate release

Budget a missed opportunity to fix Alberta’s finances

March 20, 2015 | Edmonton Journal

Opinion: Post-secondary education not premier’s priority

March 19, 2015 | for immediate release

Alberta’s Fiscal Problems Not the Result of ‘Overspending’

March 9, 2015 | Edmonton Journal, A15

Opinion: For women, it’s the Alberta Disadvantage

March 06, 2015 | for immediate release

Media coverage of ‘The Alberta Disadvantage’

March 04, 2015 | for immediate release

Alberta Women Hardest Hit by the Alberta ‘Tax Advantage’

February 28, 2015 | The Globe and Mail

Focus Alberta tax talk on income, not sales

February 23, 2015 | Edmonton Journal, A13

Opinion: Klein’s policies got us into this mess

Budget cuts of 1990s did lasting damage

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 14 07:00 PM

Neoliberalism vs Global Health

Place: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room 1-190
Time: 07:00 PM
Please join the Global Health Initiative and the Parkland Institute for the Edmonton launch of Global Health Watch 4: An Alternative World Health Report, featuring one of its major contributors, Dr. Ronald Labonte. Read more…

What's New

posted Apr 16, 2015

A plan for Alberta’s post-secondary institutions?

Alberta Budget 2015 represents a turning point for post-secondary education funding and governance. Unfortunately, this turn signals the start of a race to the bottom, and the Prentice government’s lack of a coherent vision for the sector.


posted Apr 02, 2015

It’s Groundhog Budget Day in Alberta. Again.

The same ruling party. The same manufactured crises brought into stark relief by a drop in oil prices. The same rhetoric about belt-tightening. The same refusal to look at real revenue solutions that could finally get the province off the oil price roller coaster.

Year after year after year. 


posted Mar 09, 2015

Alberta’s ‘tax advantage’ strategy has undercut women’s equality

Alberta is the richest jurisdiction in North America. But women living in the province are among the most disadvantaged in Canada, facing higher income gaps, unpaid work gaps, and after-tax income gaps than women living anywhere else in the country.


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