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Status: Bill 11 introduced March 28, 2022
Ministry Responsible: Health

Overview

Bill 11, the Continuing Care Act would begin a significant transformation of the continuing care system by replacing multiple acts with a single modernized piece of legislation to address changing needs and expectations.

If passed, the act will establish clear and consistent authority and oversight for licensing, accommodations and the delivery of publicly funded health care in the continuing care system.

Alberta’s existing continuing care legislation dates back to 1985 and no longer effectively reflects current practices, services or settings. The COVID-19 pandemic also revealed additional gaps and inconsistencies in current legislation that would be addressed through Bill 11.

Proposed changes were informed by feedback received during comprehensive reviews of Alberta’s continuing care system to ensure Albertans have access to high-quality care and support.

Key changes

If passed, Bill 11 will:

  • replace multiple acts with one piece of streamlined legislation for continuing care
  • improve transparency and accountability to Albertans regarding how the continuing care system is governed
  • establish a consistent approach and alignment of legislated requirements and services across the continuing care system for home and community care, supportive living accommodations, palliative and end-of-life care and long-term care and designated supportive living
  • address gaps in current legislation to give Alberta Health greater authority to effectively monitor and enforce compliance to legislated requirements, including standards
  • enable a person-centred, flexible and innovative system of care

Next steps

If passed, Bill 11, the Continuing Care Act will come into force after approval of regulations and standards, and is expected as early as spring 2023.

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