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
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.
Eliminating Outdated Permits: Updated regulations to eliminate more than 15,000 outdated provincial commercial carrier permits without affecting safety on Alberta roads.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.
As of January 20, 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
These changes should help make consultation more efficient. We believe it will also help us be better prepared when working with Indigenous Peoples on important matters such as treaty or Aboriginal rights and harvesting and cultural practices. We want a process that benefits everyone."
- Al Reid, Cenovus Energy Inc.
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
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)
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.
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.