The Government of Alberta announced its 2013/14 budget today, a combination of program freezes and capital borrowing intended to avoid deep cuts and the adoption of any new tax framework. The nonprofit sector has seen the elimination of two relatively small, yet important programs, the Community Spirit Program, which matched annual individual donations raised by organizations, and the Summer Temporary Employment Program, which subsidized salaries for post-secondary summer students. Both of these programs had significant impact on the bottom line, particularly for smaller nonprofit groups. In general, the Province has attempted to maintain funding for essential social services, including modest increases in programs for children with disabilities, and child care for low-income families. However, the majority of the programs will see no increases, and when viewed in the context of inflation and expected population growth of 4.3%, the growing demand for services effectively turns a funding freeze into a reduction in available dollars.