AB universities “concerned” about newly proposed AB Bill 18


The Government of Alberta has proposed a new bill that would require provincial approval for any new, amended, or renewed agreement between the federal government and a provincial entity, including AB’s postsecondary institutions. Bill 18, also known as the Provincial Priorities Act, is reportedly designed to ensure federal funding is aligned with provincial priorities. “We know the federal government, on certain issues, has a diametrically opposed view to what it is we want to do,” said AB Premier Danielle Smith. While AB’s Advanced Education ministry stated that the bill would not impact academic freedom in the province, Global News reports that several AB universities are “concerned” about this bill and its potential impact on aspects of their work such as research funding, job skills programming, and workforce development. AB intends to consult with affected parties over the summer and implement the legislation next year.

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