Implementing red tape reduction

Alberta is cutting red tape to speed up regulatory processes and attract investment.

Bill 16 was introduced on April 8, 2024
Bill 9 received royal assent on March 28, 2023
Bill 21 received royal assent on May 31, 2022
Bill 80 received royal assent on December 8, 2021
Bill 62 received royal assent on June 21, 2021
Bill 48 received royal assent on December 9, 2020
Bill 22 received royal assent on July 23, 2020
Bill 25 received royal assent on December 5, 2019
Ministry responsible: Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction


The Alberta government has achieved its goal of cutting red tape by one-third since 2019. 

Our efforts in red tape reduction have continued to change the culture across government to regulate only when needed, and with the lightest touch possible. This means focusing on outcomes, not overly prescriptive rules, to continue to ensure the health and safety of Albertans and the protection of Alberta’s environment. 

Going forward, we will continue to consult with the public and industry experts to ensure the province remains the best place to live, work and do business.

Bill 16, The Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act, 2024, was introduced April 8, 2024 and would update 12 pieces of legislation across 10 different ministries to eliminate more than 230 unnecessary requirements, and save Alberta families and businesses an estimated $1.5 million each year.

The Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act, 2023, (formerly Bill 9) received royal assent on March 28, 2023 and amends 14 pieces of legislation across 9 different ministries, supporting outcome-based regulation, greater legislative clarity and improved service delivery through digital solutions, while continuing to ensure important health, safety and environmental protections that Albertans can count on.

The Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act, 2022, (formerly Bill 21) received royal assent on May 31, 2022 and amends 15 pieces of legislation across 9 different ministries, supporting economic growth and job creation while saving Albertans time and money.

The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2021 (No. 2) (formerly Bill 80) received royal assent on December 8, 2021 and updates 9 legislation items within the following themes: economic growth and job creation, smart regulation, and improving service delivery.

The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2021 (formerly Bill 62) received royal assent on June 21, 2021 and updates 8 sets of legislation within the following themes: economic growth and job creation, smart regulation, improving service delivery, digital transformation, and harmonization (the ability for jurisdictions to work better together).

The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 (No. 2) (formerly Bill 48) received royal assent on December 9, 2020. Amendments were made to 12 pieces of legislation to cut red tape and make it easier for businesses to operate, including speeding up approval times and clarifying rules. Amendments also focused on digital transformation, creating jurisdictional harmonization and improving service delivery.

The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 (formerly Bill 22) received royal assent on July 23, 2020. Amendments were made to 14 pieces of legislation to promote job creation and support economic growth, expedite government approvals, eliminate outdated requirements, and reduce the administrative burden on municipalities.

The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2019 (formerly Bill 25) came into force December 5, 2019. It included changes to 11 pieces of legislation to reduce red tape, streamline overburdened processes and eliminate outdated rules.

Key changes: Bill 16

Most of the proposed amendments of Bill 16, the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2024, would take effect after royal assent or upon proclamation.

  • Rural Electrification Loan Act and regulation, Rural Electrification Long-term Financing Act

    • The Rural Electrification Loan Act and the Rural Electrification Long-Term Financing Act were originally enacted to provide loans and establishing borrowing and repayment regulations to help rural electrification associations and rural Albertans build power lines in rural Alberta.
    • Over the years the Alberta’s government moved towards offering grants through the Rural Electric Grant Program to reduce the costs of constructing rural utility infrastructure. It has effectively replaced the legislative loan-making authority by offering $700,000 in grants to applicants annually.
    • If approved, repealing the Rural Electrification Loan Act and Regulation, as well as the Rural Electrification Long-Term Financing Act, would ensure that Albertans are directed towards active programs and supports related to rural utility construction that are available.
  • Alberta Investment Attraction Act

    • The Invest Alberta Corporation plays a valuable role in pursuing high-value, job-creating private sector investment and promoting Alberta as a prime investment location for businesses from across Canada and around the world.
    • Proposed amendments would simplify the resignation process for Invest Alberta Corporation directors and provide additional clarity around the Deputy Minister of Executive Council’s role with the Invest Alberta Corporation.
    • These changes would streamline the interpretation of the legislation and reduce regulatory burden for the Invest Alberta Corporation, its board, Alberta’s government and Albertans.
  • Public Lands Act

    • Proposed amendments to the Public Lands Act will align a definition and fix an administrative error. 
    • A single and consistent definition of an Animal Unit Measure would provide clarity to industry stakeholders and public land managers with respect to livestock grazing allocations and billing.
  • Provincial Offences Procedure

    • Proposed amendments to how regulatory offences are enforced would increase access to justice, save time and costs for Albertans, improve enforcement and court services, and support a shift to fully digital justice solutions.
    • Virtual court sessions would allow Albertans, regardless of their location, to participate in proceedings, saving time and money by eliminating the need to travel to a courthouse.
    • Transitioning from the use of hardcopy evidence to digital would speed up trials by reducing paper, increasing speed of communication and allowing reliable digital records to be generated, submitted and retained. 
    • Albertans would be able to receive electronic notifications, which would reduce or eliminate unnecessary trips to the courthouse. 
    • Extending the statute of limitations, which provides the timeframe for initiating legal action, from 6 months to 12 months would allow for more comprehensive investigations into serious and complex regulatory offences.
    • Saving Albertans time and money by effectively communicating that there is rarely a need to go to court to initially respond to a violation ticket and accepting written requests for penalty reductions. It would also allow for court resources to be used more effectively by enabling clerks to spend more time in court assisting justices of the peace and justices with trials, hearings and other proceedings rather than managing large numbers of individuals at a ticket counter.
  • Mental Health Services Protection Act

    • To further improve and define the standards of care, the government is working with counsellors and the College of Alberta Psychologists to regulate and license the profession.
    • A proposed repeal of Section 29 of the legislation will help facilitate regulating and licensing the profession.
    • Amendments to the Health Professions Act and related regulations will be required before regulation can take effect. Many components of the policy development for regulating health professions will be led by the profession and future regulatory college.
  • Libraries Act

    • Proposed amendments would increase flexibility for library boards, make it easier for boards to understand their roles and responsibilities, and reduce outdated administrative requirements, ensuring more Albertans have access to quality library services. 
    • The changes would increase the total number of communities allowed to be included in an intermunicipal board from 3 to 4, giving libraries more flexibility and opportunities for greater efficiency and  enabling them to provide high quality services to more Albertans.
    • All municipalities within a municipal district or county would also be allowed to form an intermunicipal library board (with no limit as to the number).
    • These changes would address requests from Alberta’s library boards and associations.
  • Income and Employment Supports Act

    • The Income and Employment Supports Act enables the operation of the Income Support Program, which provides assistance to Albertans requiring food, shelter, personal items, medical support and other benefits to meet their basic needs. 
    • Proposed amendments would help ensure individuals fleeing abuse and living in a family violence shelter receive the higher standard core essential benefit that accommodates their family size.
    • Harmonizing the level of supports and streamlining program administration is a common-sense change that allows shelter operators, government staff and vulnerable Albertans to focus on well-being, not additional administration.
  • Commercial Tenancies Protection Act

    • Alberta’s government took specific measures during the pandemic to provide supports to businesses impacted by public health measures. As the economy has recovered, these supports are no longer necessary.
    • These amendments would repeal the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act – legislation introduced to protect commercial tenants during the pandemic when non-essential businesses were forced to close.
    • This legislation protected commercial tenants from evictions, penalties and rent increases. It was only in place until August 2020 and is no longer applicable.
    • By taking legislation and regulations off the books that are no longer in force, we are ensuring that Alberta businesses are clear about the necessary rules that they have to comply with, and are not left navigating confusing or contradictory requirements.
  • Gaming Liquor and Cannabis Act

    • As the cannabis and gaming industries continue to evolve in Alberta, we want to make it easier for them to do business, while continuing to protect the health and safety of Albertans, particularly our youth.
    • Proposed amendments would:
      • simplify employment requirements for new employees so cannabis retailers can hire staff more quickly
      • permit cannabis producers to sell directly to consumers on-site, expanding their revenue-generating opportunities
      • clarify the authority of the Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction to make policy decisions related to alcohol, liquor and gaming sectors, when there is a direct impact on government revenues, including regulation making authority regarding liquor prices that already exist for cannabis prices
      • clarify that government, as well as Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis, has the authority to conduct and manage gaming activities in the province
  • Red Tape Reduction Act

    • In 2019, the government set out to reduce the number of regulatory requirements by one-third and we achieved this goal in early 2024.
    • However, government’s work to reduce red tape is not done – we will strive for regulatory excellence by continuing to reduce the regulatory and administrative burdens that cost Albertans time and money.
    • The proposed amendments would enable government to build on its red tape reduction successes by clarifying and operationalizing the government’s commitment to not increasing the number of regulatory requirements over time, which would undo our hard-won success.
  • Traffic Safety Act

    • To support innovation and investment in the transportation sector, amendments would enable the province to create regulations to allow pilot projects for short-term testing of new transportation technologies, like autonomous vehicles, or to allow access for other vehicles, like ATVs, on Alberta’s roadways. 
    • Pilot projects would be subject to future regulations to address the current legislative gaps by outlining the provisions that applicants must follow to ensure that testing is done under specific conditions, helping to ensure ongoing safety on Alberta’s roadways.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act

    • This legislation protects victims injured by uninsured or unknown drivers by allowing the victims to sue for damages and receive compensation from the General Revenue Fund. 
    • The administrator is authorized to delegate duties to program area staff, making administration of the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program more efficient.
    • Proposed amendments would further enhance efficiency by allowing the administrator to delegate additional powers and duties under the 2 sections of the Vehicle Seizure and Removal Regulation, including decisions regarding the persons entitled to costs and remaining monies from seized vehicles that have been sold.

Key changes: Bill 9

The Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act, 2023, (formerly Bill 9) received royal assent on March 28, 2023. Amendments will come into force on various dates. The act updates the following legislation:

  • Bee Act

    • Modernizes legislation by updating the definition of ‘bee disease’ and making regulation updates to expand the list of threats to bee health.
    • Allows industry and government to respond quicker in the event of an outbreak, while also enabling faster tracing of bee disease, saving producers time, money and stress.
    • Makes the regulation easier for industry to understand and interpret, reduces administrative burden for beekeepers and government alike by streamlining information requirements, and supports the use of newer technologies to identify threats.
  • Irrigation Districts Act

    • Enables irrigation districts to ensure the best use and allocation of Alberta’s water resources.
    • Supports more modern communication methods for public notification, such as email, while removing redundant notification requirements to applicants looking to transfer irrigation between pieces of land.
    • Provides irrigation districts with broader tools to stop water delivery to those misusing water, and enabling them to remove land parcels from the district if there has been no water delivery for 3 years.
    • Expands Irrigation Council membership to ensure they can respond to the needs of districts and water users while adding more diverse representation and expertise.
  • Foreign Cultural Property Immunity Act

    • Ensures that borrowed works of art are protected in a more timely manner from potential legal claims while in Alberta.
    • Enables cultural institutions in Alberta intending to bring foreign cultural property into the province to apply to the Minister for an immunity order, eliminating the need to wait for Cabinet approval.
    • Sends a clear message to international museums and art galleries that their works will be protected, allowing Alberta to continue to attract international exhibitions and cultural exchanges.
  • Continuing Care Act

    • Updates existing legislation to support a seamless implementation of the new Continuing Care Act (targeted for proclamation in spring 2024) which includes:
      • removing outdated provisions
      • eliminating duplication
      • standardizing administrative requirements across continuing care settings, which will improve service delivery for Albertans
  • Public Works Act

    • Changes regulation-making authority from the Lieutenant Governor in Council to the Minister.
    • Allows for quicker responses to address emerging issues and expedite the implementation of the government’s mandate to extend prompt payment rules, which are already in place for private contracts, to public works projects.
  • Workers’ Compensation Act

    • Provides easier access to workers’ compensation benefits to firefighters who fought the 2016 Fort McMurray fire and are diagnosed with certain cancers.
    • Eliminates the exposure period requirement for workers’ compensation cancer presumptions for these firefighters.
    • Simplifies the workers’ compensation claim process by eliminating the steps required to link a diagnosis to the job.
  • Income and Employment Supports Act

    • Ensures the justice system can effectively share information so that government income supports can be suspended for violent offenders with outstanding warrants, until the warrant is executed or cancelled.
    • Allows government to maintain the ability to ensure continued supports for families or dependents.
  • Petty Trespass Act and Trespass to Premises Act

    • Clarifies that the federal government is bound by existing rules around unlawful entry onto Albertans’ private property.
    • Reinforces the Government of Alberta’s commitment to the protection of property rights for Albertans.
  • Provincial Court Act

    • Changes the official title of provincial court ‘judge’ to ‘Provincial Court Justice’ to align with an upcoming name change of the Provincial Court of Alberta to the Alberta Court of Justice, which make the judicial title consistent with justices of Alberta’s Court of King’s Bench and the court of appeal.
  • Municipal Government Act

    • Ensures legislative clarity by restoring the ability of municipalities to recover certain costs associated with fixing dangerous or unsightly properties by adding certain costs to an owner’s property taxes.
  • Land Titles Act

    • Allows Albertans to sign and submit certain documents electronically to the Land Titles Office, saving time and expense involved with signing, printing, and storing paper originals.
    • Supports future policy development that will enable the future digitization of the entire land title registration process in Alberta, contributing to the modernization of government service delivery.
  • Personal Property Security Act and Civil Enforcement Act

    • Expands the use of electronic transactions and cross-jurisdictional financing, such as recognizing electronic chattel paper – which is a record that establishes monetary obligations for such transactions as car loans.
    • Provides lenders with assurance of their prioritization with regards to cases of borrower default, simplifies registration of security interests, and clarifies which rules apply when goods and collateral move across provincial boundaries.
  • Public Transit and Green Infrastructure Act

    • Provides the cities of Calgary and Edmonton with greater certainty around provincial funding for their LRT projects.
    • Certainty can provide greater benefits for taxpayers as prospective bidders may not build in additional premiums to account for provincial funding being withdrawn.

Key changes: Bill 21

The Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 (formerly Bill 21) received royal assent on May 31, 2022. Amendments will come into force on various dates. The act updates the following legislation:

  • Municipal Government Act

    • Enables municipalities to establish an intermunicipal business licence, supporting economic development by making it easier for mobile businesses to operate across the province and reducing the costs and administration involved in applying for licences in each municipality.
    • Provides the Minister with a more flexible range of actions to enforce municipal compliance with ministerial directives resulting from a viability review, allowing the Department and municipalities to work collaboratively to address outstanding compliance issues.
    • Allows the Minister to approve Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) bylaws and amendments, helping to expedite the approval time and ensuring economic development in revitalization areas can begin sooner.
    • Make sections pertaining to governance, taxation and assessment more readable and easier to understand, particularly benefitting smaller municipalities that may have less administrative capacity than the larger cities.
  • Highway Development and Protection Act

    • Allows the Minister to approve the designation of new freeways and new freeway access locations, while not taking away Cabinet’s ability to have oversight of freeway decisions it considers significant.
    • Expedites the designation of new freeways and the approval of new freeway access locations, allowing economic development projects that depend on these approvals to proceed sooner.
    • Repeals the City Transportation Act and the Public Highways Development Act.
    • Provides legislative clarity and prevents stakeholders from inadvertently relying on out-of-date legislation.
  • Rural Utilities Act

    • Allows Rural Electrification Associations (REAs) to purchase other REAs (i.e., those that are less economically viable).
    • Allows rural utility associations to expand their scope of service to include additional lines of business.
    • Supports long-term sustainability of rural utilities, facilitates rural economic development and diversification.
  • Surveys Act

    • Allows the use of modern surveying methods, which eliminate costs associated with purchasing physical monuments for surveying purposes, and create surveyed boundaries that can potentially never be lost.
    • Allows surveyors up to one year (instead of 90 days) to register a survey plan with Alberta Land Titles, reducing the need for extension requests and other administration, and lowering costs for surveyors and clients.
    • Removes the requirement for municipalities to use general funds for at least part of re-survey expenses, allowing municipalities the flexibility of paying the entire expense through the imposition of a special tax on the property owners who are involved.
    • Updates the description of the Director of Survey’s responsibilities in the Act to better align with current practice, addressing stakeholder recommendations for greater legislative clarity.
  • Cooperatives Act

    • Reduces the ratio of members of a cooperative’s board of directors required to be Canadian residents from a majority to 25%, and completely removes Canadian residency requirements for managing directors.
    • Supports investment by encouraging cooperatives to locate in Alberta, allowing them to choose the most qualified candidates regardless of where they live, while still ensuring local representation.
    • Removes outdated, redundant or overly prescriptive requirements and updates language to allow cooperatives to use virtual meetings, electronic voting and modern communication methods, saving organizations time and money.
    • Harmonizes requirements within the Act with other provincial and federal corporate registry legislation, ensuring consistency and clarity for stakeholders.
  • Railway (Alberta) Act

    • Allows operators of a heritage railway to apply to the Railway Administrator to operate under an alternate set of rules than those currently prescribed in the Heritage Railway Regulation.
    • Facilitates an outcome-based approach to regulating Alberta’s heritage railway operators, who no longer have to follow the more prescriptive operating requirements required for industrial railways, saving operators time and money spent on complying with these requirements.
    • Allows safety officers to carry out inspections and issue administrative penalties to ensure heritage railway operators comply with the approved alternate rules and continue to operate safely.
  • Pharmacy and Drug Act

    • Authorizes the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) to create and enforce standards of practice that address specific areas of pharmacy operations, instead of requiring this to be addressed through government regulation.
    • Allows the Minister of Health to approve changes in the ACP’s council regulations, allowing for a shorter approval process while ensuring consistency in council and other health profession colleges’ council regulations, once Bill 46: the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 (No.2) is proclaimed.
    • Complements amendments made in Bill 46: the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 (No.2) and Bill 65: the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2021, allowing government to be more flexible in its oversight of pharmacies and more responsive to changes in the healthcare environment (i.e., natural disasters, pandemics, drug shortages).
  • Provincial Parks Act and Public Lands Act

    • Allows the ministry to develop and publish legally enforceable standards, directives, practices, codes, guidelines, objectives or other rules, through incorporating them by reference into regulation.
    • Supports an outcome-based approach to managing activities on Crown land by allowing the development of locally specific rules and moving away from the 'one-size-fits-all' approach in regulation.
    • Eliminates the need for Albertans who use Crown lands for business or recreation to comply with restrictive or onerous requirements where such requirements are not necessary.
    • Provides government with a much quicker way to respond to any changes in local circumstances than amending a regulation.
  • Animal Health Act

    • Removes unnecessary duplication between the Animal Health Act and the Reportable and Notifiable Diseases Regulation by removing the time requirement of 24 hours for reporting the presence or suspected presence of a reportable or notifiable disease in an animal from the Act, while keeping it in the Regulation.
    • Permits any method of reporting animal diseases as approved by the Minister, saving time for animal owners and veterinarian clinics by allowing reports to be made through more efficient, digital reporting methods, such as email.
  • Residential Tenancies Act

    • Allows any manner of delivering security deposits that is agreed to in writing by the landlord and tenant, giving landlords and tenants the flexibility to use electronic methods of returning security deposits and associated documents.
    • Supports the use of digital solutions, eliminating potential costs and delays associated with traditional methods of delivery in person or by mail.
  • Local Authorities Election Act

    • Requires municipalities and school boards to ensure that personal information (such as addresses and contact information) of candidates and donors is redacted from candidate disclosure statements before they are made public.
  • Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act

    • Clarifies the right of all foster parents to appeal government’s decision to cancel or modify the terms of a residential facility licence.
    • Removes the one-year term for a residential facility licence from the Act and allows a longer term to be set in regulation for facilities in good standing, removing the administrative burden of annual renewals.
    • Allows department staff to spend less time processing licence renewal applications, and more time working with facilities that need help to improve compliance, resulting in increased safety for children in care.
  • Education Act

    • Enables the creation of regulation respecting Early Childhood Services (ECS) programs and private schools to strengthen financial control of accredited funded private schools and private ECS operators, and improve governance and accountability, to ensure public dollars are used appropriately.
    • Enables Alberta Education to reduce oversight of private sources of revenue for these providers, and eliminate the collection of unnecessary financial data.
    • Exempts small ECS operators who receive $250,000 or less from Alberta Education from certain reporting requirements, reducing administrative burden for smaller operators who are at low risk of improper spending and who may struggle to meet additional requirements due to limited resources.
    • Authorizes the Minister to set sanctions for non-compliance and clearer rules related to governance and financial practices, helping avoid the costly and time-consuming investigations Alberta Education currently conducts.
    • Extends the Minister of Education’s authority to approve spending of reserve funds by school boards from September 1, 2022 to September 1, 2023, providing Alberta school boards more time to spend their reserves in a responsible manner before the department introduces reserve caps.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act

    • Expressly allows the Minister to appoint an Administrator of the Act, resulting in greater legislative clarity and ensuring legislation aligns with current practice.
    • Enables the Administrator to delegate duties and powers under the Act to department staff, removing the Administrator from handling routine administrative matters and resulting in a quicker and more efficient review and approval process for claims brought forward by Albertans injured by uninsured or unknown drivers.

Key changes: Bill 80

Most amendments of the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2021 (No. 2) (formerly Bill 80) received royal assent on December 8, 2021, while others will come into force upon proclamation. The act updates the following legislation:

  • Income and Employment Supports Act

    Ensure adult learners applying for financial assistance for programs starting April 1, 2022 or later are assessed under the Student Financial Assistance Act and can benefit from new, simplified eligibility criteria, including streamlined application processes and reduced barriers for Indigenous students and sponsored immigrants.

  • Mines and Minerals Act

    Ensure Crown mineral agreements are responsibly managed by enabling a faster and more efficient way to replace designated representatives.

  • Alberta Health Care Insurance Act

    Consolidate Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan rules in one piece of legislation to modernize language and ensure greater legislative clarity for industry and the public.

  • Alberta Human Rights Amendment Act

    Help Albertans protect their rights by modernizing Alberta Human Rights Commission processes to allow complaints to be addressed more quickly, reduce backlogs and make tribunal hearings more accessible.

  • Public Service Act

    Formalize a practice already in place, clarifying that deputy heads can delegate their day-to-day human resource duties to designated supervisory and management positions in a department, improving efficiency.

  • Credit Union Act

    Enable more efficient regulation of Alberta’s credit union system by transferring oversight of Alberta Central to the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation.

  • Loan and Trust Corporations Act

    Enable government to adjust oversight of loan and trust corporations as the risk associated with the use of new financial instruments (such as cryptocurrencies) evolves.

  • Insurance Act (Insurance Intermediaries)

    • Delegates authority to Alberta Insurance Council and Accreditation Committee industry oversight bodies to set fees for examinations, licensing, and continuing education courses and providers.
    • A check and balance system remains in regulation, and no fees can be established or changed without the Minister’s prior approval.
  • Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Amendment Act

    • Promote economic growth by enabling municipalities to create entertainment districts - designated public areas where adults may responsibly consume alcohol, helping revitalize communities, promote tourism and support local businesses.
    • Allow made-at-home beer, wine and cider to be served at private non-sale special events, making sure Albertans can enjoy homemade drinks at weddings or family reunions.
    • Support licensed cannabis retailers to grow their businesses by entering the online cannabis market.

Key changes: Bill 62

The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2021 (formerly Bill 62) received royal assent on June 17, 2021 and will come into force upon proclamation. The act updates the following legislation:

  • Securities Act and Business Corporations Act

    • Improve existing protections for investors.
    • Enable companies to raise capital more efficiently in Alberta.
    • Allow for continued modernization of Alberta’s securities laws, and ensure they line up with other provinces.
  • Alberta Utilities Commission Act

    • Enable government to set timelines, if necessary, that would improve the Alberta Utilities Commission approval processes, such as approvals of transmission and distribution tariffs and approvals of new power plants.
    • Support economic growth by providing more predictability and certainty to utilities operators and job creators looking to invest in natural gas, wind or solar power generation.
  • Family Property Act

    • Replace references to repealed wills and succession legislation with references to the Wills and Succession Act, to be applied retroactively to February 1, 2012.
    • Ensure Albertans do not have to spend unnecessary time and money on legal costs and bringing claims to court to determine who has the right to the property of a deceased spouse or partner.
  • Fatal Accidents Act

    • Allow easy online access to the report that reviews the amounts of bereavement damages caused by fatal accidents by posting it on a government website.
  • Builders’ Lien Act

    • Clarify prompt payment rules for public-private partnerships (P3s).
    • Change adjudication decisions from final and binding to interim and binding.
    • Allow prompt payment rules to be extended to professional consultants, such as engineers and architects.
    • Permit electronic sharing of the Certificate of Substantial Performance in addition to posting notices on the job site.
  • Real Estate Act

    • Clarify the criteria, terms and election processes for the Real Estate Council of Alberta and Industry Councils.
  • Travel Alberta Act

    • Expand Travel Alberta's mandate, giving the agency a more active role, working directly with communities, business and entrepreneurs to develop new tourism destinations, products and experiences.
  • Employment Standards Code

    • Add flexibility in how often an employee’s daily hours of work must be recorded to reduce time for employers and employees.

Key changes: Bill 48

The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 (No. 2) (formerly Bill 48) received royal assent on December 9, 2020 and came into force on June 2, 2021. The act updates or repeals the following legislation:

  • Municipal Government Act

    • Eliminates the ability of municipalities larger than 15,000 citizens to determine their own subdivision and development timelines.
    • Enables the Land and Property Rights Tribunal, which will assume the role of the Municipal Government Board to hear permit appeals associated with decisions of provincial regulators.
    • Modifies the rules around municipal reserves to bring certainty to the amount of land developers are required to set aside for municipalities.
    • Ensures unrelated seniors can live together.
  • Land and Property Rights Tribunal Act

    • Establishes the New Land and Property Rights Tribunal Act to legislatively combine 4 boards (Municipal Government Board, New Home Buyer Protection Board, Land Compensation Board, Surface Rights Board) into a single public agency.
    • Repeals related provisions in the 4 corresponding acts.
  • New Home Buyer Protection Act

    • Removes the requirement for builders to have a Building Assessment Report completed for condominium projects. A Building Assessment Report provides an overview of the common property, inspections, building occupants, and identifies deficiencies or defects in the building.
  • Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act

    • Streamlines adoption disclosure provisions related to the Post-Adoptions Registry as part of a larger strategy to reduce red tape in adoptions processes.
    • Supports the release of more personal information to adoptees about additional individuals, such as siblings and extended family members.
    • Enables adoptees to receive clearer information with fewer redactions.
    • Eliminates the need for 2 separate sections in the act for pre- and post-2005 adoption disclosure.
  • Land Titles Act

    • Creates a pre-registration queue to improve efficiency at the Land Titles Office. A client in the queue could address any deficiencies in their application without moving to the back of the queue.
  • Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act

    • Makes legislative changes to enable the review of all professional regulatory organizations to reduce unnecessary government oversight.
    • Redefines the minimum criteria for the registration of professional regulatory organizations.
    • Introduces “protection of public safety” as another registration criterion in addition to “protection of public interest.”
  • Historical Resources Act

    • Rescinds the Registered Historic Resource designation, which has not been used for over a decade. This designation does not meaningfully protect properties and is associated with funding programs no longer in effect.
  • Alberta Centennial Medal Act

    • Rescinds eligibility and nomination provisions for centennial medals no longer required without disestablishing the roughly 8,000 medals already awarded.
  • Animal Health Act

    • Removes the requirement to have a Qualification Certificate holder at Authorized Medicine Sales Outlets, as it is no longer applicable.
  • Post-Secondary Learning Act

    • Repeals an outdated requirement that a university must be notified of an unclaimed, deceased body so that it can be used for study or research.
    • Amends the Fatality Inquiries Act to reflect this change and ensure legislative alignment.
  • Maintenance Enforcement Act

    • Repeals a section of the act implying that the Maintenance Enforcement program is “opt-out” when it is actually “opt-in.”
    • Repeals a redundant section of the act relating to the process for child support recipients applying for a garnishment order. This process is already included in the Civil Enforcement Act.
  • Wills and Succession Act

    • Allows Albertans to make non-insurance beneficiary designations electronically, similar to beneficiary designations for insurance products.

Key changes: Bill 22

The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 (formerly Bill 22) received royal assent on July 23, 2020 and will come into force on various dates. The act updates the following legislation:

  • Oil Sands Conservation Act

    • Remove legislative requirement for certain oil sands scheme approvals to receive Cabinet approval.
  • Mines and Minerals Act

    • Remove the requirement that the minister must receive authorization from the Lieutenant Governor in Council prior to entering into a contract or agreement in connection with certain matters outlined in the act.
  • Marketing of Agricultural Products Act

    • Transfer authority for making plan regulations and plebiscites from the Lieutenant Governor in Council to Agriculture and Forestry.
    • Establish authority for agriculture marketing boards and commissions to develop bylaws, and for marketing councils to issue directives.
  • Companies Act

    • Eliminate non-profit board of directors residency requirements, aligning with other provinces.
    • Align non-profit reporting requirements with for-profit requirements.
    • Eliminate requirement for non-profits to publish some information in the Alberta Gazette and/or newspapers.
  • Partnership Act

    • Simplify the registration process for limited partnerships by eliminating requirements that are overly-prescriptive, outdated or no longer in keeping with current registry processes.
  • Vital Statistics Act

    • Repeal requirement for yearly vital statistics annual reports to be tabled in the legislature. Service Alberta will release this information online.
  • Business Corporations Act

    • Eliminate corporate board of directors residency requirements, aligning with other provinces.
  • Recreation Development Act

    • Repeal Act as it is redundant and outdated.
  • Surface Rights Act

    • Increase the damage claim limit the Surface Rights Board can address to reduce burden on courts, speed up the government approval process for applications for amended Right of Entry Orders, and expedite the processing of compensation applications to the Surface Rights Board.
  • Public Lands Act

    • Allow Canadian residents, not just Albertans, to be eligible for public land and provincial park grazing dispositions, and obtain grazing permits in forest reserves.
  • Energy Efficiency Alberta Act

    • Repeal the Act and dissolve Energy Efficiency Alberta as an agency to complete governments transition to the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) system.
  • Wills and Succession Act

    • Amendments to allow a representative of a mentally incapacitated plan/policy owner to preserve the same beneficiary when their policy/plan changes.
  • Municipal Government Act

    • Reduce provincial government oversight of Regional Service Commissions (RSCs), making it easier for municipalities to establish and oversee RSCs.
    • Eliminate the requirement for the Municipal Government Board to create digital recordings or transcripts of non-assessment hearings, aligning with the requirements for assessment hearings and reducing administrative burden.
    • Align councillor expense allowances with recently amended federal income tax rules.
  • Safety Codes Act

    • Streamline the existing enforcement process by eliminating redundant or administratively burdensome requirements, and associated expense, for municipalities and the courts.
    • Provide clarity around which contraventions warrant administrative penalties.

Key changes: Bill 25

The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2019 (formerly Bill 25) came into force upon receiving royal assent on December 5, 2019. The act updated or repealed the following legislation:

  • Forest Act

    • Changed the delegation of approving entry into Forest Management Agreements from an Order in Council to a Ministerial Order.
  • Persons with Developmental Disabilities Foundation Act

    • Repealed as the foundation has not existed since 2002 and its functions are no longer part of the Persons with Development Disabilities program.
  • Glenbow-Alberta Institute Act

    • Removed a provision that prescribes the management and display of items in the Glenbow Institute’s collection.
  • Small Power Research and Development Act

    • Repealed as all contracts under this act have concluded and the Small Scale Generation Regulation already supports market-based electricity generation from renewable and alternative energy sources.
  • Hydro and Electric Energy Act

    • Modernized to remove unnecessary requirements for small scale and low-impact hydroelectric development.
  • Health Professionals Act

    • Dissolve the Health Professions Advisory Board, which has not been active since 2012, as recommended by the Public Agency Secretariat as part of the review of agencies, boards and commissions.
  • Alberta Health Care Insurance Act

    • Repealed outdated references to “chiropractic services” under the “basic health services,” as these have not been covered since 2009.
  • Human Tissue and Organ Donation Act

    • Changed legal requirements so it’s easier to provide valid consent through the online registry.
  • MSI Foundation Act

    • Updated the board’s appointment to streamline recruitment, repealed an approval requirement to preserve the foundation’s autonomy, modernized for efficiencies and clarified the legislation.
  • Municipal Government Act

    • Streamlined provisions that hampered administrative efficiencies for municipalities.
  • Safety Codes Act

    • Enabled the adoption of upcoming building and fire code updates, which allow for taller wood constructions, by repealing a legislative provision that restricts wood construction to 6 stories in height.