Accomplishments

photo of a caribou

Under Alberta’s Caribou Protection Plan, the province continues to protect caribou and caribou habitats while negotiating a conservation agreement with the federal government.

Image of Minister Nixon standing at a podium at the TIER announcement

The Technology and Innovation Emissions Reduction (TIER) program will help large industrial facilities find innovative ways to reduce emissions and invest in clean technology.

Key information

  • Climate
    • Supporting industry to make investments in emissions technology.
    • Ongoing support for the Bioenergy Producer Program.
    • Continuing the fight on the federal carbon tax.
  • Environmental regulatory assurance
    • Reducing backlog in environmental approvals and shortening approval timelines.
    • Environmental standards for air, land, water and biodiversity have progressed to a higher level through improvements to policies, regulations, frameworks, reviews, recommendations and other tools used in environmental and species conservation, protection, remediation and recovery.
  • Land use
    • Balancing the conservation, recreation and the economy through effective land use decisions informed by consultation.
    • Environmental planning was advanced through recreation and land footprint management plans, caribou range planning, and the tailings management framework and work plan.
    • Conservation of the province’s terrestrial areas and inland waters was enhanced, and included efforts toward collaboration with Indigenous peoples.
    • New agreements in oil sands monitoring and publications created through the Oil Sands Monitoring Program led to significant progress in multi-stakeholder governance and identifying themes and areas for monitoring, assessment and cumulative effects.

In focus

Alberta river conditions and advisories

From flood hazards to water shortages, Albertans can follow current river conditions across the province.

Environmental compliance enforcement

Education and prevention programs are applied along with enforcement to ensure compliance with provincial environmental legislation.

Mule deer management

Alberta is taking steps to review and update its mule deer management plan to address current issues with mule deer populations.

Native trout recovery

As part of its fish conservation strategy, Alberta monitors native trout and whitefish in the Eastern Slopes Fish Management Zone.

Biography

Minister Nixon was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Rimbey–Rocky Mountain House–Sundre on May 5, 2015. He was re-elected on April 16, 2019.

Prior to serving in the Legislative Assembly, Minister Nixon spent over 25 years volunteering and working for one of Alberta's most respected not-for-profit organizations, The Mustard Seed, including serving as Executive Director of the organization between 2006 and 2011. He has also been an entrepreneur, owning and operating a consulting business for several years.

Minister Nixon graduated with honours from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s School of Business. He was born and raised in Alberta and lives in west-central Alberta with his wife Tiffany. They are the proud parents of Markus and twins Austin and Chyanne.

Mr. Nixon had the privilege of serving as the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the Alberta Legislative Assembly from October 2017 to January 2018. He has held other notable positions within the Assembly, including Official Opposition House Leader, Chief Opposition Whip, a variety of Shadow Minister roles, and he has served as a member of several legislative standing committees.

Jason Nixon was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks as well as Government House Leader on April 30, 2019. He will bring his substantial legislative record to his portfolio, as he works to restore confidence in the consultation process which was bungled several times, most notably with the Bighorn. He will also work with the Premier in developing the Carbon Tax Repeal Act.