From the Minister

January 28, 2021 | Health

Behind every Albertan waiting for a donation, families are waiting too.

January 16, 2021 | COVID-19

Alberta is leading the country in rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations. But we urgently need more doses from the federal government.

January 11, 2021 | Health

It is possible for those living with dementia to have a good quality of life.

September 30, 2020 | Health

Finding ways to run our health-care system more efficiently while improving patient care is more critical than ever.

Accomplishments

A woman wearing personal protective equipment stands next to a car to take a COVID-19 test.

The Alberta government continues to take action in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Photo of Health Minister Tyler Shandro, Alberta Health Services President & CEO Verna Yiu, and Ernst & Young National Health Care Leader John Bethel speaking to the release of the AHS Review Report

A comprehensive review of Alberta Health Services (AHS) found opportunities to improve the health system, make AHS more efficient and deliver better results for Albertans.

Regulating physician assistants enabling these health professionals to work to their full scope of practice and provide Albertans with better access to care.

Updating and modernizing health legislation to improve public health care so all Albertans have access to sustainable and high quality health services.

New tobacco and vaping legislation to further protect Albertans from the harms of tobacco and second-hand smoke and address youth vaping.

Updates to mental health legislation to ensure the rights of mental health patients are respected and provide more responsive, accessible care.

Key information

  • Alberta’s COVID-19 response
    • Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. New measures are in effect to bend the curve on rising COVID-19 cases, including mandatory restrictions on social gatherings.
    • The COVID-19 status map shows the level of risk in regions across Alberta and information about local health measures. Learn more about the regional status in your area and sign up to be notified if there is a change in your area.
    • Isolation and quarantine requirements. Learn what to do if you have symptoms or are exposed to COVID-19, or if you enter Alberta from outside Canada
    • Guidance is available to help businesses, communities and organizations reopen operate safely. General guidance and sector-specific information is available to identify and implement measures to reduce the risk for staff and customers.
  • It’s influenza season
    • All Albertans are encouraged to get an influenza vaccine (flu shot). Albertans 6 months of age and older, are eligible to be immunized, free of charge.
    • This year, Alberta Health Services is working with pharmacists and physicians to offer immunization. Find out more about how to access immunizations this year.
    • The flu shot won’t prevent COVID-19, but it will reduce your chances of getting sick with influenza and spreading it to others.
  • Accessing health care
  • Health services and benefits

    Find a range of health benefits and drug programs for Albertans. Some examples include:

In focus

Budget 2021

Alberta’s budget is focused on protecting lives and livelihoods, investing in health care, preparing for recovery and spending responsibly.

MyHealth Records

By signing up for MyHealth Records you'll be able to self-manage and track your lab results, immunization and medication information.

Help in tough times

Services and resources to help you in stressful times.

Health link Alberta (811)

Before you head to emergency or your doctor's office, call Health Link at 811 for trusted health advice.

Biography

Minister Shandro was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-Acadia.

A husband and father to two young children, Shandro has been an active member of his community for years. Previously serving a member of the National Parole Board, the Municipal Government Board, the Criminal Injuries Review Board, the University of Calgary Senate, the Calgary Parking Authority, and the Calgary Police Commission.

After the devastating 2013 floods, Shandro was appointed to the Disaster Recovery Committee by the Minister of Municipal Affairs on matters related to disaster recovery assistance. His public service record continues further, as he has been a volunteer for the Calgary Stampede's Promotion Committee, an instructor and evaluator for CPLED (the Legal Education Society of Alberta's bar admission course), a volunteer mentor for the Law Society of Alberta, and a volunteer lawyer for Student Legal Assistance at the University of Calgary. Shandro was a former director of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Calgary Ukrainian Festival, Digital Alberta, the Canadian Police Governance Association, and the Alberta Media Production Industries Association.

Tyler Shandro was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Health on April 30, 2019. He will apply his strong record of public service to addressing the challenges currently facing Alberta’s health-care system. He is committed to ensuring key pledges are met, including reducing wait times, and ensuring that all Albertans have access to a publicly funded, universal and reliable health-care system.