The government set a goal of cutting one-third of red tape to save Albertans time and money while simplifying procedures within government. All ministries have worked together to identify opportunities to streamline processes, eliminate redundancies and introduce new efficiencies.
This ongoing dedication means that Alberta has been recognized as a top red tape reduction performer by the Canadian Federation for Independent Business for three consecutive years, receiving an A-minus in 2022 and 2023, preceded by an A in 2021. In addition, Alberta received a B-plus in Restaurants Canada’s 2022 Raise the Bar report and was awarded the “Best in Class” among provinces, an improvement over the B grade received in 2019 and 2017.
“Unnecessary red tape often creeps up slowly, hampering ingenuity, efficiency and growth. It hurts our economy and it hurts Albertans. Streamlining processes isn’t just a goal; it’s a promise to cultivate a business-friendly environment, increase job opportunities and position our province as a leader in efficiency and innovation. It’s a promise we intend to keep.”
Almost 700 red tape reduction initiatives have been completed since 2019. Initiatives have ranged from updating forms to redesigning program delivery, but all contributed toward more efficient and effective operations across all departments and improved service delivery for Albertans.
The government’s efforts in red tape reduction have continued to change the culture across government to regulate only when needed, and with the lightest touch possible. This means focusing on outcomes, not overly prescriptive rules, to continue to ensure the health and safety of Albertans and the protection of Alberta’s environment.
This leaner, outcome-based approach to regulating has also meant that for every regulatory requirement added since 2019, four have been eliminated.
“Our attitude about red tape is simple: when we find it, we cut it. We’re proud that we’ve hit our one-third milestone, but we’re not done yet. We will continue to work with Albertans and industry experts to make changes that drive economic growth and job creation.”
Even though this milestone has been met, Alberta’s government is not slowing down. The Ministry of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction will continue to work with Albertans and industry experts to implement high-impact changes that drive economic growth and job creation and make Albertans’ lives easier. Albertans are encouraged to continue sharing their ideas online.
“St. Albert continues to actively work to reduce red tape as part of our council priority to support economic prosperity in our city. We remain committed to creating a government that encourages investment, development and progress in our community.”
“We acknowledge Minister Dale Nally’s pivotal role in shaping a more efficient, transparent and consumer-friendly business environment. Minister Nally, your dedication to red tape reduction and service excellence is admirable and we are grateful for the positive transformations you have brought to the business community."
“The Alberta government's campaign on red tape reduction has been critical in receiving our business licence and occupancy permits in record time. The expedited timeline was essential to our Crumbl Cookies opening on time and bringing new jobs into the community. The permit approvals were seamless, allowing us to open and earn revenue, which is the ultimate goal for entrepreneurs and business owners alike.”
- Red tape reduction by the numbers:
- $2.75 billion: Amount saved by Albertans and Alberta businesses by red tape reduction, continuing to make the province the best place in Canada to live, invest and do business.
- Almost 700: Red tape reduction initiatives completed since 2019.
- Seven: Number of red tape reduction bills passed since 2019, enabling legislative changes from across government.
- Cut Red Tape
- Implementing Red Tape Reduction
- Red tape industry panels
- 2022-23 Red Tape Reduction Annual Report
- Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction mandate letter (July 24, 2023)
- Cutting costs and red tape for young drivers (April 1, 2023)
- New bill continues red-tape-cutting momentum (March 8, 2023