These letters – from the Assistant Deputy Ministers of Community and Social Services – outline how the Alberta government continues to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic situation:
- letter to Family Support for Disabilities (FSCD) families
- letter to Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Family Managed Services (FMS) families
- letter to disability service providers
View all public health orders here.
For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.
The Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Act establishes the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (the Council) and outlines their activities and membership. It invites them to provide advice to the Alberta government through public discussion and engagement with the disability community.
Vision and mission
The Council is guided by a:
Vision: Alberta is an inclusive and barrier-free society.
Mission: to advise on, report to and make recommendations to the Government of Alberta on matters relating to the opportunity for full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in the life of the Province. It does this by:
- listening to the opinions of the disability community
- communicating these ideas and concerns to the Government of Alberta and the broader community
- working with governments, community organizations and other stakeholders towards solutions
Search the list of public agencies to find the Council's:
- mandate and roles
- code of conduct
- agency classification
The Council consists of up to 15 volunteer members who:
- are able to engage with their communities and networks and represent the interests of a broad range of stakeholders
- understand, stay current and provide advice on diverse disability-related issues
- have varied backgrounds, experience, knowledge and skills
- come from different areas in the province
Minister thanks outgoing and welcomes incoming members of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the outgoing members of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Their outstanding service and commitment to support the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in our society has had a positive impact on the lives of all Albertans. Thank you to all the members who worked hard over their term in service to Albertans – Ann Nicol, Cam Tait, Cheryl Cunningham-Burns, Darby Lee Young, D. John te Linde, Inara Samoylove, Nabeel Ramji, Regan Treewater-Lipes, Neil Pierce, Alison Cutknife, Shino Nakane and Cathy Smith.
I’m pleased to welcome three new members to the Council – Heath Birkholz, Greg McMeekin and Charlene Tolentino. Greg McMeekin will serve as the new chair and brings a wealth of experience as an advocate for people with disabilities. These individuals all have a comprehensive understanding of disability issues through their own lived experiences and strong connections to the disability community. Their knowledge and experience will serve them well in their respective Council roles.
With a reduced membership of nine members (seven public and two MLAs), the Council retains highly qualified members, with diverse voices and skill sets. I am confident the strategic recruitment that was held will ensure appropriate representation from across the province.
Our government values the perspectives and experience of Albertans with disabilities and remains committed to engaging with the disability community. I look forward to working with all the members of the Council to stay informed on issues impacting people with disabilities in Alberta.”
Honourable Rajan Sawhney
Minister of Community and Social Services
Recruitment and appointment
When there are vacancies, the Alberta government recruits and appoints new Council members for up to a 3-year term.
Council members may be reappointed for a second 3-year term based on performance and mutual agreement.
There are up to 13 members from the public, who are:
- recruited through public advertisements by the department responsible for the Council (the department)
- selected based on skills and experience
- screened to ensure there is no conflict of interest
- chosen from across the province
- recommended for appointment by the department to the Minister responsible for the Council, then to the Premier for approval
There are up to 2 members from the Legislative Assembly of Alberta who:
- provide a liaison between the Council and government
- are recruited when there is a vacancy for a government member and the Minister responsible for the Council asks the Premier to identify a new Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA)
Review the Alberta boards web pages to find out:
- if the Council or other agencies, boards and commissions are recruiting
- how to apply
- more about serving on public agencies and the work they do
Public sector bodies are required to post online the names and compensation paid to:
- all council members
- employees who earn over a threshold amount (see Public sector body compensation disclosure)
This is a requirement under the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act. The postings are required by June 30 each year and will be maintained for 5 years.
Compensation disclosure file
Download the compensation disclosure for the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (CSV, 6 KB).
2018-2020 Strategic Plan
In early 2018, the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities embarked on a strategic planning process. Council agreed that its strategic plan should be informed by the community. As part of the planning process, Council collected responses to a survey that asked Albertans to:
- identify the most important issues or barriers facing people with disabilities
- indicate the areas they would like the Council to focus on over the next three years
Council received responses from 182 individuals or groups. Based on these results, Council developed its 2018-2020 Strategic Plan (PDF, 142 KB). The plan outlines six areas of focus for the Council. The next step for Council is to develop resource and action material under each area. This will help them provide advice to the Government of Alberta on planning and delivering services to persons with disabilities. This work will be completed over 2018.
The Premier's Council on the Status of Person with Disabilities thanks all Albertans who took the time to respond to the survey.
View the Council’s annual reports, or contact the Council to:
- get a current or archived annual reports in alternate formats
- get permission to reproduce material in the report
- provide feedback
- Recognizing Albertans with disabilities (Dec. 3, 2018)
- New law to better support and protect families (Nov. 21, 2018)
- New Fish Creek trail breaks down barriers (Nov. 16, 2018)
- Honouring and celebrating Alberta’s artists (Nov. 15, 2018)
- Filling the gaps in rural transport (Oct. 31, 2018)
- New advocate for persons with disabilities (Oct. 30, 2018)
- Seclusion rooms: statement from Minister Eggen (Oct. 25, 2018)
- World Mental Health Day: Premier Notley (Oct. 10, 2018)
- New job opportunities for people with disabilities (Oct. 1, 2018)
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day: Minister Sabir (Sept. 9, 2018)
- Celebrating and supporting Global Day of Inclusion (July 21, 2018)
- Making post-secondary education more inclusive (July 16, 2018)
- Improving access to AISH supports (July 16, 2018)
- Alberta businesses show support for service dogs (July 14, 2018)
- Proposed AISH Act changes allow financial security (March 19, 2018)
Connect with the Premier’s Council Secretariat:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: dial 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]
Suite 1110, 10055 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 2Y2