The proposed legislation is another way the government is taking action to reduce red tape – including eliminating unnecessary rules and regulations brought in under previous governments.

Bill 25 contains proposed changes to 11 pieces of legislation, which would speed up regulatory approvals to attract investment. These changes include removing administrative burdens for municipalities and hydroelectric developments.

In addition, the bill would repeal various pieces of legislation that are no longer in use.

“Bill 25 is the first bill of its kind that our government will introduce to cut costly red tape. Unnecessary red tape stifles economic growth, so we’re moving quickly to make changes that will attract investment back into our province. We need to get our job creators and innovators back to creating jobs. This bill is another step forward.”

Grant Hunter, Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction

Highlights of the bill includes:

  • Making it easier to provide consent for organ donation through the online registry.
  • Remove legislation that restricts the construction of wood buildings to six storeys.
  • Reducing delays for forest-management agreements and small-scale and low-impact hydroelectric developments.

“Alberta’s forest industry supports 40,000 jobs in 70 communities throughout the province. We create employment by harvesting a renewable and sustainable resource and having world-leading forestry practices. We also compete with producers from around the world. Eliminating red tape and taking a thoughtful approach to regulation will support forestry jobs and ensure the best environmental and resource-management outcomes for Albertans. We support and commend government for their approach to red tape reduction.”  

Paul Whittaker, president and CEO, Alberta Forest Products Association

“The Alberta ORGANization group is strongly in support of changes to the organ and tissue donor registry that simplify and streamline the online interface and process for the public to register their intent and consent to donate their organs and tissues.”

Linda Powell, chair, Alberta ORGANization Group

The introduction of this bill is another positive step forward in government’s commitment to reduce red tape and make life easier for Albertans. Suggestions about where government can cut even more red tape can be shared at CutRedTape.Alberta.ca.

Full details of the Bill 25 are available online.

Quick facts

  • Over the next four years, red tape reduction across government, combined with streamlined process and consolidating administrative services, is expected to save at least $140 million.
  • To date, government has received more than 4,000 public submissions.
  • More than 80 red tape initiatives are either implemented or ready for implementation.
  • Government is assessing more than 220 additional initiatives.
  • More than 70 more initiatives are expected to be ready for decisions before the end of the year.

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