This release was issued under a previous government.

The North Saskatchewan Region of Alberta spans more than 85,000 square kilometres and is home to 1.5 million Albertans.

“The North Saskatchewan Region is home to the dynamic Capital Region and the expanding Industrial Heartland. With immense recreational opportunities throughout the foothills, river valleys, lakes and mountains it is important that Albertans are engaged in how this region looks in the future.”

Robin Campbell, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

The consultation process, running from May 27 to June 26, will ask Albertans to think about the balance between different kinds of development and the environment in the region. This includes how to measure and manage the impacts on air and water. Views on social issues, including ways to support growing communities and enhance recreational options, are also critical.

Albertans can provide their input for phase one consultation until July 31 at or by attending workshops or information sessions in one or more of 21 communities – including 19 in the region. The government will also consult with Aboriginal peoples at each stage in the development of the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan.

Comprehensive land-use planning for the North Saskatchewan area follows the development of the Lower Athabasca and South Saskatchewan regional plans, all under Alberta’s Land-use Framework.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.