The following are the compensation regulations and/or processes currently under the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Act:

The Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Regulation (RABCCA Regulation)

This regulation came into effect March 16, 2017 for the designated agencies and executives listed in Schedule 1 of the regulation. It applies immediately to new hires and re-appointments, and to incumbents after a two-year notice period.

These changes set salary bands for CEOs (and equivalents), bringing their pay in line with public sector equivalents. The changes also mandate the following:

  • eliminating executive bonuses
  • eliminating executive market modifiers, which is added pay over and above regular salary
  • capping executive severance pay at 12 months
  • aligning other executive compensation components, such as benefits like private health care access
  • eliminating perks such as retention bonuses, golf club memberships and housing allowances

Agencies with existing positions that become subject to the compensation regulation have a transition period before the requirements come into effect. This timeline varies based on the date that the position became subject to the requirements.

The requirements apply to existing incumbents after a two-year notice period; however, the requirements apply immediately to new hires or when an individual is reappointed to a position.

Table 1 shows the base salary ranges and actual base salary amounts under the compensation regulation.

Public agency Position Level Minimum salary ($) Mid-point salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Alberta Securities Commission Chair & CEO 7 $333,280 $416,000 $499,920
Alberta Energy Regulator CEO 6 $264,480 $330,600 $396,720
Alberta Innovates CEO 6 $264,480 $330,600 $396,720
Alberta Utilities Commission Chair 6 $264,480 $330,600 $396,720
Workers Compensation Board President of the Board 6 $264,480 $330,600 $396,720
Agriculture Financial Services Corporation President and Managing Director 5 $223,040 $262,400 $301,760
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission CEO 5 $223,040 $262,400 $301,760
Alberta Pensions Services Corporation President & CEO 5 $223,040 $262,400 $301,760
Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission CEO 5 $223,040 $262,400 $301,760
Alberta Securities Commission Vice-chair 5 $223,040 $262,400 $301,760
Credit Union Deposit Gurantee Corporation CEO 5 $223,040 $262,400 $301,760
Alberta Energy Regulator Chief Hearing Commissioner 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Alberta Enterprise Corporation President & CEO 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Alberta Human Rights Commission Chief of the Commission and Tribunals 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Alberta Local Authorities Pension Plan Corp. President & CEO 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Alberta Utilities Commission Vice-chair 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Appeals Commission under the Workers' Compensation Act Chief Appeals Commissioner 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Health Quality Council of Alberta CEO 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Labour Relations Board Chair 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,365
Land Compensation Board Chair 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Market Surveillance Administrator Market Surveillance Administrator 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Natural Resources Conservation Board Chair 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Surface Rights Board Chair 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Travel Alberta CEO 4 $184,365 $216,900 $249,435
Alberta Energy Regulator Hearing Commissioner 3 $153,595 $180,700 $207,805
Alberta Utilities Commission Member 3 $153,595 $180,700 $207,805
Balancing Pool CEO 3 $153,595 $180,700 $207,805
Energy Efficiency Alberta CEO 3 $153,595 $180,700 $207,805
Medical Panels Office Medical Panels Commissioner 3 $153,595 $180,700 $207,805
Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council 1 CEO 3 $153,595 $180,700 $207,805
Fair Practices Office 2 Fair Practices Commissioner 3 $153,595 $180,700 $207,805
Alberta Human Rights Commission Member 2 $130,135 $153,100 $176,065
Alberta Sport Connection CEO 2 $130,135 $153,100 $176,065
Appeals Commission under the Workers Compensation Act Vice-chair 2 $130,135 $153,100 $176,065
Labour Relations Board Vice-chair 2 $130,135 $153,100 $176,065
Land Compensation Board Vice-chair 2 $130,135 $153,100 $176,065
Natural Resources Conservation Board Member 2 $130,135 $153,100 $176,065
Surface Rights Board Vice-chair 2 $130,135 $153,100 $176,065
Appeals Commission under the Workers Compensation Act Appeals Commissioner 1 $111,775 $131,500 $151,225
Land Compensation Board Member 1 $111,775 $131,500 $151,225
Surface Rights Board Member 1 $111,775 $131,500 $151,225

1Effective October 31, 2018.

2Effective December 1, 2018.

RABCCA Regulation Fact Sheet (PDF, 220 KB)

RABCCA regulation (PDF, 359 KB)

RABCCA Ministerial Guidelines

RABCCA Ministerial order for modifications and exemptions for designated executives

RABCCA Ministerial order for modifications for a designated executive

RABCCA Regulation Handbook (PDF, 960 KB)

Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions (Post-Secondary Institutions) Compensation Regulation

The compensation regulation for designated executives (presidents or equivalent) at Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions (PSIs) came into effect on April 15, 2018.

The regulation applies to Alberta’s 20 public PSIs that are subject to the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act (APAGA) and that are deemed designated agencies under the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Act (RABCCA).

There is a two-year transition period in effect from the regulation’s effective date (April 15, 2018), or until a president’s contract is extended, amended or renewed, whichever occurs first.

The PSI Compensation Regulation establishes salary bands for Presidents. The regulation also:

  • eliminates bonuses and variable pay for all non-bargaining unit employees of the designated agencies
  • caps executive severance pay at 52 weeks
  • aligns other executive compensation and benefit components, such as benefits like private health care access
  • eliminates perks such as retention bonuses and executive allowances

By April 14, 2020 all affected public PSI presidents must have a contract that adheres to the regulation.

Table 2 lists base salaries for public-sector institution presidents

Public Agency (PSI) Position Level Minimum salary Mid-range salary Maximum salary
The Governors of The University of Alberta President and Vice-Chancellor 5 $349,800 $388,700 $447,000
The Governors of The University of Calgary President and Vice-Chancellor 5 $349,800 $388,700 $447,000
The Governors of the University of Lethbridge President and Vice-Chancellor 4 $279,300 $310,300 $356,800
Board of Governors of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology President and CEO 4 $279,300 $310,300 $356,800
Board of Governors of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology President and CEO 4 $279,300 $310,300 $356,800
The Governors of Athabasca University President 3 $238,700 $265,200 $305,000
The Board of Governors of Grant MacEwan University President 3 $238,700 $265,200 $305,000
The Board of Governors of Mount Royal University President 3 $238,700 $265,200 $305,000
The Board of Governors of Bow Valley College President and CEO 2 $209,300 $232,600 $267,500
The Board of Governors of Lethbridge College President and CEO 2 $209,300 $232,600 $267,500
The Board of Governors of NorQuest College President and CEO 2 $209,300 $232,600 $267,500
The Board of Governors of Red Deer College President 2 $209,300 $232,600 $267,500
The Board of Governors of Alberta College of Art and Design President 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Grande Prairie Regional College President 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Keyano College President and CEO 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Lakeland College President and CEO 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Medicine Hat College President and CEO 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Northern Lakes College President and CEO 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Olds College President 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Portage College President (CEO 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100

Note: The title of a position in Column 2 includes any other title or name that is or may be used for that position.

Post-secondary Institutions Compensation Regulation fact sheet (PDF, 151 KB)

PSI Compensation Regulation

Ministerial Guidelines for post-secondary institutions

Regulation handbook (coming soon)

Executive compensation plans

The following agencies, boards and commissions are not subject to the compensation regulation, but are required to submit executive compensation plans annually:

  • Alberta Management Investment Corporation (AIMCo), Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB) and the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF). These large financial agencies have direct private sector counterparts, such as banks and investment firms. Their compensation must be designed for the specialized financial market in which they operate, while demonstrating alignment with government’s compensation principles.
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s only fully integrated provincial health system and there is no similar organization to provide a relevant comparison of compensation. AHS must submit a compensation plan to ensure scrutiny of its compensation practices. Transparency will continue to be provided through mandated salary disclosure.
  • The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) plays a critical role as Alberta’s electricity system transitions to a capacity market. This shift requires executive continuity. The agency is required to submit a compensation plan that demonstrates how it is aligned to achieve the goals of the market transition.

Salary Restraint Regulation

The Salary Restraint Regulation establishes a compensation framework under RABCCA that formalizes a regulatory change to require APAGA agencies that have their own non-bargaining unit staff to restrain salaries until September 30, 2019. That is consistent with what is required from the core public service employees. The regulation came into effect April 1, 2018.

Under the Salary Restraint Regulation, public agencies are prohibited from increasing the base salaries of their non-bargaining unit staff members during the restraint period. This includes (but not limited to) general increases, cost of living increases, merit increases, performance increases and any form of grid movement.

Salary Restraint Regulation Fact Sheet (PDF, 70 KB)

Salary Restraint Regulation (PDF, 425 KB)