Alternative Relationship Plans (ARP)

If you are a physician, learn about the different ways you can be compensated through academic medicine or clinical ARP.

Services and information

Purpose of an ARP

The ARP program develops compensation strategies to remunerate physicians for providing defined program services other than by fee for service.

Approximately 2,200 physicians in Alberta practice part-time or full-time under both clinical and academic ARPs. Work continues to enable physicians to join and benefit from the advantages of ARPs.

ARPs may be suitable for physician groups of all specialties, in rural or urban areas, and for existing or new programs. Physician groups or Alberta Health Services may initiate ARPs.

The purpose of an ARP is to provide innovation in clinical service and enhance other areas of the health care system, including:

  1. recruitment and retention
  2. team-based approach
  3. access
  4. patient satisfaction
  5. value for money


To connect with the Alternative Compensation Delivery Unit:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-3677
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-422-5208

Alberta Health
Alternative Compensation Delivery Unit
Provider Compensation and Strategic Partnerships Branch
PO Box 1360, Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2N3

To connect with the ARP Program Management Office:

Phone: 780-453-3130
Toll free: 1-866-953-3130

ARP Program Management Office
12230 106 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5N 3Z1