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Service Delivery Agency Expenses

Service delivery agency net spending (i.e. expenses in excess of government transfers) is forecast to decrease by $212 million in 2007/08 and then increase by $71 million in 2008/09, $93 million in 2009/10 and $138 million in 2010/11 compared to the Budget 2008 Consultation Paper.

Projected net spending by school districts is up $24 million, $14 million and $42 million in 2007/08 to 2009/10 respectively. The increase in spending in 2007/08 relates to higher forecasted salary costs due to updated staffing level information and the increases in 2008/09 and 2009/10 are due to increased operating cost forecasts. In Budget 2008, the net spending of school districts is expected to be consistent with prior years.

Projected net spending by universities and colleges is down $96 million in 2007/08 due to additional post-secondary funding grants relating to climate change initiatives and additional funding for medical research projects. The additional grants are funded through Supplementary Estimates. Projected net spending by universities and colleges is down $16 million and $10 million in 2008/09 and 2009/10 respectively due to updated forecasts for research spending.

In Budget 2008, the net spending of universities and colleges is expected to increase by $111 million between 2009/10 and 2010/11 mainly due to spending increases for faculty, research programs and operating costs partially funded through increases in own-source revenues.

Projected net spending by health authorities and hospital societies is down $32 million in 2007/08, relatively unchanged for 2008/09 and 2009/10, and then up $37 million in 2010/11 compared to the Budget 2008 Consultation Paper. The decrease in 2007/08 reflects additional grants received to fund health priority initiatives such as 5,000 beds, reduced wait times, health human resource strategies, and health innovation initiatives.

The 2007/08 forecast update reflects updated projections from health authorities and hospital societies. The combined health authority/hospital society projected deficit for 2007/08 is $39 million – down $16 million from the $55 million deficit forecast in the Budget 2008 Consultation Paper (down $80 million from the $119 million deficit forecast in Budget 2007), due primarily to revenue growth from one-time sources. The projections for 2008/09 to 2010/11 have assumed a balanced budget.

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