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Cutting Red Tape

We’re cutting red tape by one-third to reduce costs, speed up approvals, and make life easier for hard-working Albertans and businesses.

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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

We need this now, more than ever. Done right, it will boost our economy, create jobs and make life better in our province. In our first year we've made great strides towards becoming the freest, fastest moving economy in North America ... but we're not done yet."

- Grant Hunter, Associate Minister for Red Tape Reduction

Highlights

We have completed hundreds of red tape reduction initiatives. More than half are supported by ideas we received from Albertans online, what we heard from industry panels, stakeholder submissions, and delivering on platform commitments. Current efforts have produced hundreds of millions in savings for Alberta’s job creators and government.

Key accomplishments

Eliminating Outdated Permits: Updated regulations to eliminate more than 15,000 outdated provincial commercial carrier permits without affecting safety on Alberta roads.

Liquor Modernization: Gave responsible Albertans and Alberta businesses more options when choosing to purchase, consume, or produce alcohol.

Streamlining Child Care Subsidy Application: Replaced paper forms and phone calls with an up-to-date, easy-to-use online system that will save Alberta taxpayers approximately $1.1 million per year.

Electronic Pink Cards: In addition to physical pink cards, electronic proof of insurance is now recognized.

Overall reduction

As of February 25, 2021

What Albertans say

The oil and natural gas industry continuously strives to improve performance and efficiency. Streamlining project applications and approval timelines will support industry’s recovery and job creation efforts, while providing greater certainty to attract investment back to the sector.”

- Tim McMillan, CAPP

It’s great to see the Alberta government stand out as most improved moving from an F grade just few years ago to joining the A club this year. Over a short period of time, the Alberta government has taken significant steps toward regulatory accountability, including releasing its comprehensive measure in November."

- Laura Jones, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Our members are pleased to see more improvements and look forward to continuing to work in cooperation with AGLC and the province on Alberta’s ongoing modernization of liquor laws. This is why Alberta got top marks in our Raise the Bar Report.”

- Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada

The safe and efficient movement of goods across our province is critical to Alberta's economic recovery. Ensuring regulations keep pace with advances in technology, training, and standard business practices makes the commercial trucking industry more resilient and more efficient.”

- Chris Nash, Alberta Motor Transport Association

ASEC supports the move to a modern advanced education system. The shift to an online application process will increase access and reduce the administrative burden placed on students as they apply for Alberta student loans.”

- Emmanauel Barker, Alberta Students Executive Council

The reduction of red tape afforded by the new funding model has helped reduce the complexity and workload involved in providing extensive and repetitious data, which in turn, allows our teachers to focus on what is most important — our students.”

- Mary Martin, Calgary Catholic School District

News

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.

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It's the law

  • Photo of Grant Hunter

    Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction

    Grant Hunter leads government's efforts to cut red tape. Relying on his own experience as an entrepreneur, he will target unnecessary over-regulation that weighs job-creators down, and empower entrepreneurs and business owners to invest and create jobs in Alberta.


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 makes necessary legislation changes.