Albertans are entrepreneurs skilled at finding creative new ways to improve their communities. They expect government to live within its means and trust them to find workable solutions to local problems. To facilitate their efforts, I will:
- Limit funding for the new Department of Human Services to the current funding envelope for existing services indexed to inflation and population growth.
- Create a $300 million community leadership transition fund to support community planning, pilot projects, Human Service Management Information Systems and seed social enterprise.
- Introduce Social Impact Bonds to permit private investors to support programs that save taxpayers money. Returns will be generated by savings realized by the government. For example, investors could put up money for a housing program that reduces prison use. Investors and taxpayers would share in the savings from a demonstrated reduction in recidivism.