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Status: Bill 73 was introduced on October 25, 2021
Ministry responsible: Infrastructure and Treasury Board and Finance
If passed, Bill 73, the Infrastructure Accountability Act will legislate a governance framework to guide how capital projects are prioritized. It also legislates the development of a 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan which will help guide government’s infrastructure decisions over the long-term.
Bill 73 demonstrates our commitment to being transparent, rigorous, accountable and unbiased when building Alberta’s public infrastructure. Proposed changes would help guide government decision-making around capital projects to best support jobs and the economy, as well as provide Albertans with the public infrastructure they need.
The proposed act responds to recommendations from the MacKinnon Report and was informed by feedback through the Infrastructure planning engagement. It aligns with the Alberta Recovery Plan to stimulate economic growth and attract investors and job creators.
Bill 73, the Infrastructure Accountability Act would:
- establish 6 criteria that government must consider when evaluating a capital planning submission. Projects would be evaluated based on how they:
- address health, safety, and compliance needs
- align with government priorities and strategies
- foster economic activity and create jobs
- improve program delivery and services
- consider life cycle costs and whether it will generate a return on investment
- enhance the resiliency of communities
- legislate a governance framework for developing the annual Capital Plan by outlining the roles and responsibilities for government ministries involved
- formalize a Deputy Ministers Capital Committee to advise on the Capital Plan
- legislate the development and release of a 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan, to be released within one year of the Infrastructure Accountability Act coming into force, and be updated at least every 4 years
The Infrastructure Accountability Act is part of Alberta’s overall capital planning framework. The following resources provide additional information on capital planning:
- Health Facilities Capital Program Manual
- Planning and building schools
- School Capital Manual
- Capital Planning Framework: Alberta Seniors and Housing
- Government funding support for post-secondary institutions
If passed, Bill 73 will take effect upon proclamation.
If Bill 73 is passed, a 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan must be published within one year of the act coming into force.
- Increasing accountability for capital project spending (October 25, 2021)
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