Status: Bill 26 introduced June 23, 2020
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General

Overview

Bill 26, the Constitutional Referendum Amendment Act has been introduced to allow referendums to be held on more topics.

Currently, provincial referendums can only be heard on matters that are related to the Canadian Constitution. If passed, Bill 26 would make it possible for referendums to be held on government-led initiatives or matters of public interest before they are implemented – including the recommendations of the Fair Deal Panel.

This would give Alberta voters a direct say on important issues and laws that affect them and the future of our province.

Key changes

If passed, referendums could be held on a number of government-led initiatives or matters of public interest:

  • in conjunction with provincial or municipal elections
  • stand alone
  • by mail-in ballot

Next steps

If passed, Bill 26 would come into effect upon receiving royal assent

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