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2024-25 Proposed Budget

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The 2024–25 budget developed by Provincial Executive Council (PEC) is continuing to move forward, with the final step being presentation to the 107th Annual Representative Assembly (ARA) for debate and approval by the teacher delegates gathered in Edmonton on the Victoria Day long weekend (May 18–20). 

The budget of the Alberta Teachers’ Association is a reflection of the Association’s values, priorities, programs and activities for the upcoming year. Throughout the budget’s development, PEC considered options, deliberated, and made critical choices, balancing financial considerations and member feedback before arriving at the proposed budget to be presented at ARA to delegates. At ARA, the work of delegates will be not only to consider the broad financial implications of the proposal, but also to examine the merit of the proposed programs and consider their value to members, to education and to the Association. We expect delegates will have thoughtful questions to ask, and your elected representatives and staff are ready to answer them.

First, on the staffing side, two new executive staff officer FTEs are included within the proposed budget, with an additional executive staff officer for each of Professional Development and Teacher Employment Services. It is anticipated that the additional staff in Professional Development would be particularly focused on making progress on several initiatives related to the Association’s diversity programming. Further, to assist the work of Regulatory and Membership Support, a professional staff position is budgeted. Next, within Operations, the Association seeks to hire an event and conference facilitator to not only support the event related work of Specialist Councils, but also to promote available rental spaces at Barnett House. As envisioned, this role would assist individual Association subgroups (especially specialist councils) staff in negotiating venue and presenter contracts, leveraging the Association’s purchasing power. 

Aligned to the Association’s ongoing commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, included in the current budget draft are proposals to hold an Indigenous symposium and to pilot an Indigenous education initiatives grant. Next, seeking to expand the support provided specifically to teachers in their early years of service, resources are allocated to establish a Beginning Teachers’ Network. In addition, a new program, focusing on mentorship for school leaders is also planned. 

Finally, to support expressions of member diversity, PEC is proposing several initiatives including the creation of new teacher-defined and -driven Diversity and Equity Networks (DENs) and the expansion of the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights (DEHR) committee. Further modifications to existing program design are being made that can be initiated within the existing budget. It is anticipated that additional initiatives related to diversity, and in response to recommendations of the Status of Racialized Teachers subcommittee established at ARA direction in 2021, will be developed and brought to ARA for approval and funding in future years.

Based on feedback from locals, a number of adjustments were made to the budget draft and these have been incorporated into the proposal to be discussed over the May long weekend. Balancing across a number of factors, Council is recommending an annual fee of $1,422 for the 2024–25 fiscal year, marking a $75 increase over the current fee of $1,347.

While examples of budgeted items were included above, the following pages provide additional highlights of new programs and completed or discontinued programs within the proposed 2024–25 budget.

Sample of proposed 2024–25 new initiatives

Indigenous symposium — Professional Development: 

The in-person event would bring together Elders, Knowledge Keepers, subgroup leaders, elected representatives, and staff to discuss experiences and review barriers, opportunities, processes and protocol related to having Elders and Knowledge Keepers involved in projects or events.

Beginning teachers’ network — Professional Development: 

The intent is to create a mechanism of support that can be accessed directly by beginning teachers, no matter their place or access to mentorship programming.

School leadership mentorship — Professional Development: 

The program would be set up parallel to the Teacher Mentorship program in that it would be in the form of a matching grant program with locals. Within this program, locals would have access to a matching grant of up to $2,000 to approach divisions to supplement existing “division only” administrator mentorship programs.

Diversity, equity and human rights meetings — Government: 

Focused on the training needs of DEHR chairs at the local level, these one-day training sessions would be offered twice a year and would focus on a variety of rotating topics to empower DEHR chairs to provide leadership in their locals.

Diversity and equity networks — Professional Development: 

Envisioned to commence as a pilot, establishing two diversity networks at this time would provide opportunities for the current ATAGSA and Status of Racialized Teachers subgroups to develop a level of autonomy with respect to providing supports to their members.  

CTF Women’s Symposium — Government: 

The CTF/FCE Women’s Symposium brings together members, staff, and leaders from across the country to discuss relevant issues related to women’s empowerment and advancement. The 2025 conference will be held in Alberta and, as such, the Association will play a role in planning, supporting and hosting this national event. While most of the costs of the conference will be borne by the CTF/FCE, the Association is expected to organize social events to welcome delegates and support networking.

Indigenous Education Initiatives Grant — non-departmental commitments: 

The grants will be awarded to initiatives that focus on various aspects of reconciliation, including but not limited to cultural preservation and revitalization; education and awareness; and reconciliation in action. Each eligible initiative would be provided with up to $2,000 per grant awarded.

Completed/discontinued initiatives

The following have been deleted and will no longer be budgeted:

  • Nature of Learning — Professional Development (Publications)
  • TQS/LQS Credentialing — Professional Development (Workshops)

Proposed annual fee for 2024–25

Provincial Executive Council is proposing an increase of $75 to the Association member fee, taking the full-time annual fee to $1,422.

  2023–24 proposed fee 2024–25 proposed fee
Total Fee $1,347.00 $1,422.00
Funding for programs for which the local rebate does not apply $153.00 $204.00
Net fee to distribute $1,194.00 $1,218.00
Local rebate at 20 per cent $238.80 $243.60
Balance of net fee (80 per cent) $955.20 $974.40

Budget by program area

There are two parts to the Association’s budget. The first part includes programs funded by the portion of the fee that is subject to a local rebate. In other words, for each dollar of the membership fee that is applied to this part of the budget, 20 per cent is rebated to local associations to fund their operations. Generally, this is referred to as the rebatable section of the budget. The remaining portion of the fee is used to help fund activities and/or programs not subject to the local rebate. This section is often referred to as the non-rebatable section of the budget.

Part 1: Budget subject to local rebate

The table below compares program area expenditures for the 2023/24 approved budget and the 2024/25 proposed budget. It also provides a general description of the mandate of each program area. 

Mandate 2023–24
approved budget
approved budget
Teacher Employment Services
  • To improve the economic well-being of teachers through work in collective bargaining, pension and insurance
  • To effect increases in the funding for education
  • To provide services to individual members on matters requiring discipline, legal assistance and professional relations
  • To provide general service to and consultation with locals, sublocals and staff as requested
  • To enhance awareness of the Association’s services
$8,698,600 $9,284,200
Professional Development
  • To provide for the improvement of teaching practice through specialist councils, conventions, curriculum work, current issues, local leadership development, assistance to local PD committees, field service and representation to other subgroups
  • To prepare a corps of instructors and facilitators
  • To improve the preservice education of teachers and liaise with other agencies in these fields and extended field experiences
$5,609,800 $5,740,500
  • To govern the Association and provide for its obligations beyond Alberta’s borders
  • To liaise with other organizations within Alberta
  • To maintain communications internally with the membership and externally with the public directly and through media
  • To improve conditions for education through the political involvement of members
  • To support and represent teachers who are subject to the disciplinary proceedings and processes of the Alberta Teaching Profession Commissioner
$9,997,000 $10,278,100
  • To provide for the financial and business operation of the Association, including business management, finance, general administration, human resources and document production
  • To provide services to other program areas and subgroups
$5,785,000 $6,100,500
  • To provide and maintain physical facilities for Association offices in Edmonton and Calgary
$3,306,000 $3,351,700
Nondepartmental commitments
  • To provide for items that are not directly a part of any other department and for items affecting all or most other departments, but which cannot be reasonably provided for within the department
$1,708,200 $1,777,300
Food Services
  • To provide a catering service for participants at various meetings and other functions held at Barnett House
  • To operate a cafeteria service for staff, tenants and the public
$822,100 $824,400
Information and Technology Services
  • To maintain and safeguard the Association’s information technology systems and equipment and to develop and maintain electronic capabilities and processes required by other program areas
$2,754,800 $3,088,100


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Part 2: Budget not subject to local rebate

Member fees required to fund the second part of the budget are not subject to the local rebate, and 100 per cent of these fees are available to fund provincial Association programs. The table below compares expenditures and allocations for the 2023/24 approved budget and the 2024/25 proposed budget and provides a brief description of the nature of the expenditures.

Expenditure and allocation Description 2023/24 
Canadian Teachers’ Federation Provides support for the Canadian Teachers’ Federation based on a per capita fee $958,300 $1,007,500
Capital fund Provides an annual allocation to the fund, which is used to purchase any capital assets and to fund capital projects $400,000 $1,000,000
Special emergency fund Provides an annual allocation to the fund, which is used to fund emergent actions as approved by Provincial Executive Council $0 $500,000
Technology services project development Provides annual funding for projects related to membership application services; online services; unified communications; strategic technology management; and reporting, workflow and form services $800,000 $1,365,500
Specialist council membership grants Provides the annual operating grants to the Association’s 21 specialist councils $870,000 $870,000
Accountability Action Plan Provides funding to support international partnerships focused on advancing system reform, as well as collaboration with subgroups and like-minded teachers’ organizations that advance the profession’s views $105,000 $105,000
Mortgage Provides for principal and interest payments on the mortgages in place for construction and renovations that were completed $2,323,000 $2,500,000
Public relations campaign Provides funding for a multidimensional public relations campaign to highlight the work of the Association and teachers to increase public awareness about the importance of public education and the need for appropriate funding for education $1,000,000 $1,000,000