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Status: Bill 58 was introduced on March 23, 2021
Ministry responsible: Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

Overview

Bill 58, the Freedom to Care Act would make it easier for non-profit organizations to identify and access existing exemptions to regulations, helping support Alberta’s recovery as they provide critical programs and services in our communities.

Bill 58 would create a process for non-profits to request one-time exemptions from regulations, if an exemption does not already exist.

If passed, Bill 58 will also introduce new liability protections for volunteers acting within the scope of their responsibilities.

Key changes

If passed, Bill 58 the Freedom to Care Act will:

  • allow cabinet (through Order in Council) to grant one-time, short-term exemptions for non-profits from government regulations intended for business, where an exemption does not already exist
  • require the Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women to report annually to Cabinet on exemption requests that cannot be addressed through existing processes or legislation
  • provide individual volunteers with liability protections as long as harm was not caused:
    • by wilful or criminal misconduct
    • when the volunteer was operating a motor vehicle
    • when the volunteer was unlawfully impaired by alcohol or drugs when the damage occurred

Next steps

If passed, Bill 58 will take effect on September 1, 2021.

Resources

Contact

Non-profits can call 310-0000 for general inquiries about existing exemptions.

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