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Making government work better
Removing needless red tape – such as duplicate processes and rules that do not add protections – will save time, money, and resources while still protecting the environment, keeping Albertans safe and healthy, and upholding fiscal accountability.
Our goal is to make it easier for people to get the government services they need and reduce the regulatory burden on job creators to encourage investment, boost Alberta’s competitiveness, and get more Albertans back to work.
We’re going to take Alberta from being the most over-regulated to the freest economy in Canada. We aren’t just saying we’re reducing red tape – we are making it the law. We're committed to cutting red tape by one-third – and once we cut it, we will prevent new red tape from creeping back."
- Jason Kenney, Premier
Have an idea?
If you’ve come across a government process that’s too complex, takes too long, serves no purpose, or is duplicative or wasteful, let us know about it. Submissions will be reviewed and sent to the responsible ministry for consideration and follow up.
In addition to receiving feedback from the general public, we have established 9 industry panels to solicit specific feedback from key industries and the non-profit sector. The panels meet biannually and report key findings to the associate minister.
We have completed hundreds of red tape reduction initiatives. More than half respond to ideas submitted by Albertans, recommendations from key stakeholders and industry panels, as well as platform commitments. Current efforts have produced hundreds of millions in savings for Alberta’s job creators and government.
- Supporting Alberta’s chemical manufacturing sector
- Supporting Alberta’s industrial manufacturing sector
- Supporting Alberta’s construction sector
- Supporting Alberta’s non-profit organizations
- Supporting the natural gas and electricity industries
- Supporting forestry and agriculture
- Supporting small businesses
- Supporting small producers in Alberta
- Supporting the tourism and hospitality industry
Licence Plate Stickers: Modernized the delivery of vehicle registry services by eliminating the use of licence plate stickers that mark the month and year of vehicle registration, saving government about $1.2 million per year.
Liquor Modernization: Gave responsible Albertans and Alberta businesses more options when choosing to purchase, consume, produce and sell alcohol.
COVID-19 Response: Provided more options to access services online including expanded MyHealth Records, allowing patients and health care providers to connect through secure messaging and video visits, expanding the use of electronic signatures, and enabling organizations such as businesses, non-profits and condominium corporations to meet virtually, send electronic meeting notices or conduct votes electronically.
Regulatory Transformation Project (RTP): Introduced an integrated online system called the Digital Regulatory Assurance System (DRAS). While ensuring Alberta’s high environmental standards are maintained, DRAS streamlined and reduced backlogs of environmental approval and application processing times under the Water Act, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and the Public Lands Act.
Occupational Health and Safety Act: Simplified language and removed unnecessary barriers for job creators without reducing workers’ safety, rights or protections. This included providing flexible requirements for health and safety committees and representatives, allowing employers to tailor the committees in ways that better fit their worksites.
Routine Comingled Abandonment: Undertaken by the Alberta Energy Regulator to streamline well closure activities; the completed first phase of this project has resulted in an estimated $584 million in savings to the oil and gas industry.
Municipal Government Act: Amendments allow the Minister of Municipal Affairs to set firm timelines for subdivision and development in larger municipalities. Made it easier for residential developers to move their projects forwards, stimulating investment and job creation in the construction industry.
Alberta Innovates: Reduced the administrative burden for the innovation sector, enabling easier access to $150 million in annual funding, while allowing Alberta entrepreneurs and researchers to spend less time on paperwork and more time on developing innovative solutions that can drive economic growth and recovery.
Responding to feedback
Nearly 480 red tape reduction initiatives have been completed to date. Nearly 200 of these completed initiatives address recommendations from industry panels, priority stakeholders and the public.
What Albertans say
Both prospective adoptive parents and birth parents need to know they are in safe hands with the adoption agency they choose to represent them. These changes will help make sure Albertans have the information they need to make the best choice for them.”
- Sheryl Proulx, Executive Director, Adoption Options
We are grateful to Minister Wilson and the Alberta government for eliminating the AITE card. We felt the old card was discriminatory and we are thankful to have an ally in the province. This upholds our treaty rights and we appreciate this step forward.”
- Ken Alook, Member of Council, Bigstone Cree Nation
Alberta’s Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) created new opportunities for communities to invest in infrastructure projects like bridges, water systems and public transit while creating employment and economic activity during the COVID disruption. Alberta municipalities are leaders in red tape reduction, allowing businesses to create economic growth and those same municipalities look forward to sharing and partnering with the provincial government to remove unnecessary barriers for businesses to thrive across our province.”
- Angela Duncan, AUMA Interim President
The Alberta energy sector is the most important industry in the country. It employs hundreds of thousands of workers that develop the cleanest energy anywhere in the world. The Alberta Government’s focus on red tape reduction is critical for the industry’s ability to create jobs and attract capital. By making approval processes for projects more efficient, energy service contractors can hire more Albertans while operating under a strong regulatory system the public can trust. As the global demand for energy increases, Alberta is well positioned to be the world’s choice for responsible energy resources.”
- Mark A. Scholz, President & CEO, Canadian Association of Energy Contractors
2022 News releases
- New red tape bill saves Albertans time and money (April 25, 2022)
2021 News releases
2020 News releases
- Expired: Alberta removes licence plate stickers (December 7, 2020)
- Unwrapping red tape on Christmas (November 26, 2020)
- Bill 48: Saving job creators time and money (November 16, 2020)
- $476 million saved by cutting red tape (Red Tape Reduction Annual Report, November 16, 2020)
- Updating health legislation to better serve Albertans (November 5, 2020)
- Relief for Alberta drivers (October 29, 2020)
- New legislation supports safe, accessible and high-quality child care (October 28, 2020)
- Improving Alberta’s forest sector (October 22, 2020)
- Protecting jobs in the construction industry (Builders’ Lien Act, October 21, 2020)
- Modernizing Alberta’s Wildlife Regulation (August 4, 2020)
- Cutting outdated commercial carrier permits (July 29, 2020)
- Supporting sand and gravel operators (July 7, 2020)
- Cutting red tape to stimulate the economy (June 11, 2020)
- Helping Alberta’s farmers stay competitive (June 3, 2020)
- Cutting red tape for Alberta job creators (May 29, 2020)
- Reducing red tape in child care (February 4, 2020)
- Cutting red tape for electricity providers (January 24, 2020)
- Cutting red tape for student loan applicants (January 24, 2020
- Reduce red tape for wood-building construction (January 24, 2020)
- Cutting red tape for B&Bs and food banks (January 23, 2020)
- CFIB Golden Scissors Award: Associate Minister Hunter (January 23, 2020)
- Cutting red tape for housing providers (January 22, 2020)
- Aboriginal consultation to reduce red tape (January 22, 2020)
- Alberta recognized for progress on red tape (January 21, 2020)
2019 News releases
- Cutting red tape to attract investment (November 18, 2019)
- Online tool helps seniors cut through red tape (October 1, 2019)
- Red-tape cuts for municipalities (September 26, 2019)
- Moving forward together on free trade (September 5, 2019)
- Modernizing auto insurance (August 12, 2019)
- Halting red tape: Statement from Minister Glubish (August 8, 2019)
- Government launches industry panels to Cut Red Tape (Aug. 2, 2019)
- Rewarding responsible ranchers with longer leases (July 9, 2019)
- Less paperwork for seniors with disabilities (June 28,2019)
- Provincial parks day-use liquor sites selected (June 28,2019)
- Condominium regulations paused for red tape review (June 27,2019)
- Website to report needless red tape launches (June 24, 2019)
- Longer public land tenure to boost tourism growth (June 19, 2019)
- Business community responds with Bill 4 support (May 29, 2019)
- Cutting red tape for good (May 29, 2019)
Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction
Tanya Fir leads Alberta's aggressive efforts to eliminate burdensome regulations, improve small business competitiveness, and get Alberta's economy moving.
The Red Tape Reduction Act was passed in 2019 that enables government to:
- create an inventory of current regulations and assess if they are effective
- focus on outcomes instead of processes to ensure all regulations are necessary, effective, efficient and proportional to their intended outcome
- develop red tape reduction plans in all departments to make sure current and new regulations are free of red tape
- coordinate cross-government activities and report on outcomes to make this initiative fully transparent to Albertans
The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Acts make necessary legislation changes.
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