From the Associate Minister

October 18, 2021 | Red tape reduction

Reducing red tape saves time, money for Alberta small businesses.

Accomplishments

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Hundreds of red tape reduction initiatives have been completed, saving Albertans time and money. More than half are supported by ideas submitted from Albertans online, what was heard from industry panels and stakeholder submissions.

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The Red Tape Reduction Annual Report provides an overview of cross-government progress towards reducing regulatory requirements on business, promoting economic growth and reducing costs and saving time for Albertans.

We’re making it easier for job creators to access important programs and services, and improving the investment attraction ecosystem by reducing corporate tax rates – now at 8%.

Alberta’s government continues to work with municipalities to reduce overlap and duplication among multiple levels of government, attract local investment, and support other key opportunities for change that continue to make it easier to do business in Alberta. Read about our progress in the 2020 Municipal Red Tape Reduction Report.

Key information

  • Oil and gas initiatives

    • Develop a procedure for improving Water Act application review timelines.
    • Update the Electronic Disposition System to allow project proponents to view real-time status updates on their application reviews.
    • Establish a process for obtaining Historical Resource Assessment clearance that can be applied explicitly to oil sands developments and that is aligned with processes for other land users.
  • Tourism and hospitality initiatives

    • Expand Travel Alberta's mandate, giving the agency a more active role, working directly with communities, business and entrepreneurs to develop new tourism destinations, products and experiences.
    • Enabled the use of Debit Visa and Debit MasterCard to pay for campsite registrations.
    • Allow digital copies of hunters’ licences to suffice in the field.
    • Select day-use area picnic sites now permit liquor consumption from 11 am until 9 pm.
    • Amended policies to allow small liquor manufacturers to sell their products at a wider range of artisan markets.
    • Remove the 20% cap on blended or flavoured products for Alberta liquor manufacturers.
    • Update Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis policy to enable liquor manufacturers to store finished product off site from the manufacturing facility.
  • Support for small business

    • Establishing Business Link to give companies a clearer point of contact in government and help them get the right support more quickly.
    • Digitizing application processes for publicly funded programs to enable business to access applications at any time and to apply to multiple programs faster using information from prior submissions.
    • Allowing third party representatives to better serve their clients as electronic filing provides the user with immediate receipt confirmation, faster processing and the convenience of filing from anywhere.
  • Industrial manufacturing initiatives

    • Addressing application review timelines for environmental approvals to be more efficient and streamlined.
    • Allowing industry to have more autonomy to determine certification standards for designated trades such as welding.
    • Addressing jurisdictional overlaps in regulations in the pressures welder trade.
  • Chemical manufacturing initiatives

    • Combining the Alberta Emissions Inventory Reporting with Annual Industrial Air Emissions Summary Reporting, which are managed by 2 separate ministries, but ask for some of the same information.
    • Updating Alberta’s Employment Standards pertaining to averaging agreements, formerly known as compressed work schedules.
  • Forestry initiatives

    • Speed up the time for Forest Management Agreements to be completed.
    • Amalgamate the Alberta Emissions Inventory Reporting with other reporting schemes.
  • Initiatives for non-profit organizations

    • Establishing e-transfers for the Community Initiatives Program Project-Based grants funding stream, delivering funding within a week, down from an average of 100 days when sent by cheque through the mail.
    • Eliminate non-profit board of directors residency requirements, aligning with other provinces.
    • Align non-profit reporting requirements with for-profit requirements.
    • Eliminate requirement for non-profits to publish some information in the Alberta Gazette and/or newspapers.
  • Construction industry initiatives

    • Allow more flexibility in joint worksite health and safety committees.
    • Address Occupational Health and Safety Act concerns that have large cost implications and do not affect worker safety.
    • Address delays associated with Water Act and Public Lands Act approvals that sometimes take multiple months or many years.

In focus

Transforming Alberta’s auto insurance system so it is fair and sustainable for drivers and insurers now and in the future.

Removing unnecessary requirements

Eliminated the Alberta Indian Tax Exemption card to make life easier for First Nations people.

Modernizing liquor, cannabis and gaming

Reducing red tape for businesses, charitable organizations and Albertans such as giving more options when choosing to responsibly purchase, consume or produce alcohol.

Improving online access

Provided Albertans with free and direct online access to environmental enforcement history records to shorten wait times and streamline the administrative burden.

Biography

Tanya Fir was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-Peigan, on April 16, 2019. She previously served as Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

Ms. Fir previously served as a member of the Select Special Democratic Accountability Committee and of the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship.

Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Ms. Fir was employed with Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) for 16 years as a Human Resources Advisor.

Ms. Fir holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, with a concentration in Management of Organizations and Human Resources.