Implementing Alberta’s Recovery Plan

Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend, we are just a little over a week away from the return of the Legislature in Alberta. The UCP government has been busy over the past few months announcing economic stimulus projects in towns and cities across the province, and with the appointment of Doug Schweitzer as the new Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation who is focused on implementing Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

Federally, the Liberal government’s Throne Speech has passed with NDP support with the Conservative caucus now under the leadership of Erin O’Toole. In late September, Premier Kenney called the Liberal’s blueprint for the fall session and beyond a “full-frontal attack” on federalism.

The return to the Legislature will be under ever-increasing COVID-19 cases in the province, and particularly in the capital. As of October 8, there are 19,718 total cases, 2,097 active cases and 283 deaths. Edmonton has 1,251 of the active cases and Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw has introduced three new voluntary measures for the region in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease.

Below, you’ll find a recap of key government announcements as well as Orders in Council passed since our last edition.

Government of Alberta Announcements

  • A new plan for diversifying and growing Alberta’s natural gas industry was announced this week and is a key part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, sharing the actions Alberta’s government will take to grow the sector and seize emerging opportunities for clean hydrogen, petrochemical manufacturing, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and plastics recycling.

Orders in Council

OC 250-253/2020: These Orders in Council reflect the changes made to cabinet mentioned above, including changes to Ministers, Ministry names and the list of Acting Ministers of the Crown.

OC 254/2020: Appoints Bryce Stewart as Associate Deputy Minister of Health. Most recently Mr. Stewart was a Senior ADM in the Health Ministry.

OC 255/2020: Appoints Lori Ann Mattis as a master in chambers of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.

OC 256/2020: Makes the Land Stewardship Fund Amendment Regulation, inserting the new name of the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Grant Regulation and adding definitions regarding conservation activities related to remediation, reclamation and restoration of public land.

OC 257-259/2020: Makes the Alberta Treasury Branches Amendment Regulation for the creation of special purpose vehicles, subsidiaries of ATB that are protected from the parent company’s financial risk and approves the incorporation of not more than 7 Provincial corporations as subsidiaries of ATB Financial to be operated as special purpose vehicles. The application of the regulation applies only to incorporation of provincial corporations on or before December 31, 2022.

OC 260/2020: Makes the Aeronautics Act Agreements (City of Medicine Hat and Cypress County) Amendment Regulation.

OC 261/2020: Makes the Calgary International Airport Vicinity Protection Area Amendment Regulation outlining development of schools and places of worship in the protection area.

OC 262/2020: Makes the Employment Standards Amendment Regulation changing language from agreements to arrangements within the regulation and other changes as set out in the government’s Bill 32, the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act.

OC 263/2020: Designates Judge Sylvia Lori Oishi as Assistant Chief Judge of the Southern Region of The Provincial Court of Alberta for a term to expire on September 8, 2025.

OC 264/2020: Designates Judge Aran Veylan as Assistant Chief Judge of the Edmonton Family and Youth Division of The Provincial Court of Alberta for a term to expire on September 8, 2025.

OC 265/2020: Makes the Procedures (Trespass) Amendment Regulation changing fees from $250 to $500.

OC 266/2020: Makes the Transcript Fees and Format (Expiry Date Extension) Amendment Regulation to extend the expiry from November 1, 2020 to November 1, 2025.

OC 267/2020: Appoints Paul Eugene Maeda as a member of the Alberta Transportation Safety Board for a further term to expire on June 30, 2021; reappoints Mark Lachlan Brown, Carol Joan Dougall, John Gibson Glavin, Richard John Hachigian, Joel Gordon Patrick Porter and Eileen Mary Sullivan as members of the Alberta Transportation Safety Board, each for a term to expire on June 30, 2021.

OC 268/2020: Effective September 14, 2020, appoints Brenden Hunter, Denise Man and Salimah Walji-Shivji as members of The Board of Governors of Mount Royal University, each for a term to expire on September 13, 2023.

OC 269/2020: Makes the Physician Payment Disclosure Regulation, effectively creating a sunshine list for Alberta physicians.

OC 270/2020: Makes the Regional Health Authorities Amendment Regulation allowing regional health authorities, up to and including March 31, 2021, to transfer personal protective equipment to a third party, without charge, if the regional health authority determines that the transfer is required to protect the public health.

OC 271/2020: Proclaiming section 1(1) to (13) and (15) to (17) of the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 in force on September 10, 2020.

OC 272/2020: Appoints The Honourable Tracy Allard as a member of the Treasury Board.

OC 273/2020: Amends Order in Council numbered OC 115/2020 to increase the borrowing limit of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission from $1.25 billion to $1.5 billion for the purpose of financing the North West Redwater (Sturgeon) refinery.

OC 274/2020: Makes the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Exemption Regulation so that the public trustee appointed under the Public Trustee Act is excluded from the application of the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act.

OC 275/2020: Appoints Mabel Hamilton as a member of The Board of Governors of Olds College for a term to expire on September 29, 2023.

OC 276-77/2020: Effective October 1, 2020, appoints Sandi Roberts as a member and designates her as a part-time member of the Natural Resources Conservation Board for a term to expire September 30, 2023; effective December 13, 2020, reappoints Peter Woloshyn as a member and redesignates him as a part-time member of the Natural Resources Conservation Board for a term to expire on December 12, 2023, and redesignates Peter Woloshyn as Chair of the Natural Resources Conservation Board. Effective October 1, 2020, nominates Indra Lynne Maharaj and Earl Graham as persons from among whom acting members of the Natural Resources Conservation Board may be selected, each for a term to expire on September 30, 2023, and rescinds the nomination of Sandi Roberts as one of the persons from among whom acting members of the Natural Resources Conservation Board may be selected.
OC 278/2020: Makes the Gas Resources Preservation (Expiry Date Extension) Amendment Regulation extending the regulation from October 31, 2020 to October 31, 2030.

OC 279/2020: Makes the Natural Gas Marketing (Expiry Date Extension) Amendment Regulation extending the regulation from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2030.

OC 280/2020: Rescinds the appointment of Tracy L. Allard, MLA as a member of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

OC 281-284/2020: Proclaiming the following provisions of the Mental Health Amendment Act, 2020 in force on the following dates: on September 30, 2020, sections 1, 2(a)(i) and (v) and (b), 3 to 18, 20, 21, 22(a), (d)(ii) and (e), 23, 24(b), 25 to 36, 37(a)(ii), 38(a) and (b)(i)(A), 39 to 41, 42(a)(iii) and (iv) and (d) and 44; on March 31, 2021, section 2(a)(ii). The additional created regulations are complementary to the Mental Health Amendment Act and are the Mental Health Patient Advocate Regulation, Community Treatment Order Amendment Regulation and Mental Health Amendment Regulation.

OC 285/2020: Proclaiming sections 2 and 5 of the Conflicts of Interests Amendment Act, 2017 in force on October 1, 2020.

OC 286/2020: Appoints Robert P. Kelly as a member of the board of directors of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation for a term to expire on September 29, 2023; effective October 21, 2020, reappoints Sharon Sallows as a member of the board of directors of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation for a term to expire on October 20, 2023.

OC 287/2020: Makes the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Amendment Regulation removing the cap of 15 percent of issued cannabis licences for any one company.

OC 288/2020: Makes the Insurance Act Regulations (Expiry Date Extension) Amendment Regulation extending various parts of the regulation to 2024 and 2026.

OC 289/2020: Makes the Provincial Companies Amendment Regulation updating the table of securities’ ratings, extending the expiry and defining generally accepted accounting principles.

OC 290/2020: Makes the Reciprocal Insurance Exchange Amendment Regulation by replacing the term fire insurance with property insurance and extending the expiry to 2026.

OC 291/2020: Makes the Automobile Accident Insurance Benefits Amendment Regulation.

OC 292/2020: Makes the Automobile Insurance Premiums Amendment Regulation updating the table of offences and relevant Criminal Code sections in the regulation.

OC 293/2020: Makes the Enforcement and Administration Amendment Regulation extending the expiry to 2026 and striking out “The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Compensation Corporation” and substituting “Assuris”.

OC 294/2020: Directs the President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance to issue letters patent to incorporate True North Trust Company as a provincial trust corporation.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend, and we will be back next week with another edition of the Roundup.