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Status: Bill 58 received royal assent on June 17, 2021
Ministry responsible: Culture and Status of Women

Overview

Bill 58, the Freedom to Care Act makes 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.

The Freedom to Care Act creates a process for non-profits to request one-time exemptions from regulations, if an exemption does not already exist. It also introduces new liability protections for volunteers acting within the scope of their responsibilities.

Key changes

Bill 58 the Freedom to Care Act:

  • allows 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
  • requires the Minister of Culture and Status of Women to report annually to Cabinet on exemption requests that cannot be addressed through existing processes or legislation
  • provides 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

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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