From the Minister

November 18, 2020 | Red tape reduction

Cutting red tape makes it easier for Albertans to do business in our municipalities, attract investment and create jobs.

Key information

  • Economic recovery
    • We are investing $500 million in municipalities so they can immediately build roads, bridges, fire stations, water systems, and other critical local infrastructure as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
    • This funding will help municipalities and Metis Settlements create and sustain local jobs, improve provincial competitiveness and productivity, and position them to participate in future growth.
    • This investment is part of Alberta’s $10 billion economic recovery plan and signifies the continued leadership role Municipal Affairs plays during times of emergency.
  • Fair, transparent elections
    • Municipal and school board elections should be fair, transparent and inclusive to all Albertans.
    • We are renewing democracy so candidates can run meaningful campaigns and Albertans can participate more freely in local elections.
    • Changes we made to the Local Authorities Election Act mean Albertans taking part in local elections will have more ways of getting their message out to voters and less red tape standing in their way.
    • They also make it easier for third parties to take part, creating more robust debates about meaningful issues and, ultimately, stronger local governments.
  • Disaster relief
    • The Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) helps communities recover from undue hardship as a result of an extraordinary disaster. To qualify, the disaster must be considered an extraordinary event, not be covered by typical average insurance policies, and have caused widespread damage to property.
    • Homeowners, tenants, small businesses and agricultural operations can apply for funding to help with cleanup costs and repairing uninsurable damage to infrastructure and buildings, making them more able to recuperate and return to prosperity.
    • Disasters that have prompted DRP funding in 2020 have included overland flooding in Calgary, Airdrie and Rocky View County, as well as flooding in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and in Mackenzie County.

In focus

An ambitious strategy to create jobs, build and diversify.
Alberta will let municipalities offer new property tax incentives to attract business, boost economic development and revitalize communities.

Provincial library network

Alberta library boards receive planning, policy and administrative support, along with operating grants, as they provide vital spaces for learning and culture.


Minister Allard was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the MLA for Grande Prairie on April 16, 2019, and was appointed as the Minister of Municipal Affairs on August 25, 2020. On September 22, 2020, she was appointed as member of the Treasury Board Committee.

Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Allard earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Industrial Relations Management at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Subsequently, she obtained a Certificate in Disability Management jointly through UBC Continuing Studies and the National Institute for Disability Management and Research.

Allard has a strong understanding of Alberta’s entrepreneurial spirit, and values partnership and collaboration. She and her husband, Serge, have considerable business experience, having successfully franchised Tim Hortons restaurants in Prince Rupert and Grande Prairie for more than 25 years. She will bring that drive and passion for excellence, coupled with her deep commitment to service, to her role as Minister.

A proud mother of 3, Allard values the role communities play in the lives of Albertans and has worked tirelessly to make the Peace Region a better place to live for families. She served as a director with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and as board president of the Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir. She also sat on the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation Capital Cabinet as a passionate voice for patient care. Allard is deeply guided by her faith, and is committed to a principled and ethical approach to her role.

Allard is highly pragmatic, always looking for practical and workable solutions. She has an engaging sense of humour and loves to meet new people. She chose to step into public life, striving for the greater good and guided by a fundamental belief that every person matters.

Allard’s blend of private-sector and non-profit experience uniquely positions her to manage the broad and complex Municipal Affairs portfolio. She is determined to work with local leaders and stakeholders across the province to restore the Alberta Advantage and ensure it is alive and well for generations to come.