Status: Bill 4 received Royal Assent June 28, 2019
Ministry responsible: Treasury Board and Finance


Bill 4: the Red Tape Reduction Act cuts unnecessary regulations by one-third and makes sure new regulations are free of red tape.

Removing needless red tape – such as duplicate processes and rules that do not add protections – will save time, money and resources, while still protecting the environment, upholding fiscal accountability and ensuring the health and safety of Albertans.

Bill 4 will make it easier for people to get the government services they need and reduce the regulatory burden on job creators to encourage investment, boost Alberta’s competitiveness and get more Albertans back to work.

Key actions

Bill 4 will enable government to:

  • create an inventory of current regulations and assess if they are effective
  • focus on outcomes instead of processes to ensure all regulations are necessary, effective, efficient and proportional to their intended outcome
  • develop red tape reduction plans in all departments to make sure current and new regulations are free of red tape
  • coordinate cross-government activities and report on outcomes to make this initiative fully transparent to Albertans

Have your say

Over the coming weeks, we will set up a series of panels to get input from Albertans, businesses and industry experts across key sectors, including:

  • oil and gas
  • tourism and hospitality
  • agriculture and forestry
  • manufacturing
  • construction
  • small business
  • non-profits

This public input will help ensure our action on red tape reduction aligns with the needs of Albertans.

On June 24, the province launched with a submission form for Albertans to provide feedback on their encounters with costly and unnecessary red tape, and suggestions on how to get rid of it. The site also shows where red tape has already been cut.

Next steps

Bill 4 took effect on June 28, 2019.