The economic footprint of post secondary education has taken a dramatic hit through the pandemic along with the reductions of government funding. Access to education is essential in the economic recovery of Alberta and its future access to human capital and intellectual development. Post secondary education serves as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic organization for both the management and advancement of social and economic progress.
The economic impact that post secondary institutions have on the effect of our provincial economy is a topic that needs to be brought forward during the time of the pandemic, particularly as we adjust to new economic and social realities. Unfortunately, this is a topic that seems to be put on the back burner of the recovery process.
- Fund the increased enrollment spaces at post-secondary institutions required to support economic growth and prepare for the growing number of Alberta students; and,
- Continue to partner with industry and post-secondary to expand work integrated learning opportunities and apprentice programs.