Today Marks the First Day of Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy

The timeline for the expanded reopening of Alberta’s economy with relaxed measures for public gatherings was accelerated due to low infection rates, hospitalization rates and ICU cases in the province.

As a result, more services are available to Albertans including indoor recreation, fitness and sports, movie theatres, pools, VLTs, provincial campgrounds and more at full capacity can open with restrictions. Events, gatherings and cohort groups can also be larger. Full information can be found here.

As of June 11, Alberta has 7,316 total cases, 379 active cases, 6,788 recovered cases, 45 cases in hospital, 6 cases in intensive care and 149 deaths.

In addition to conversations about moving to the phase of relaunch in the province, discussions of race and racism in Canada have been at the forefront this week. Police chiefs in Calgary and Edmonton as well as RCMP in the province have had to answer calls for increased transparency and claims of systemic racism in their forces. Dashcam video showing the violent arrest of Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation by RCMP officers in Fort McMurray was also released this week and the incident is under investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team. Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer released a statement and revealed that the government is expediting their work to modernize the Police Act.

Below, you’ll find a recap of other government announcements, legislation and Orders in Council.

Government Legislation Recap

Bill 1: Critical Infrastructure Defence Act

Stage: Third Reading passed on division May 28

Bill 2: Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Amendment Act, 2020 

Stage: Committee of the Whole passed with amendments June 9

Bill 4: Fiscal Planning and Transparency (Fixed Budget Period) Amendment Act, 2020

Stage: Committee of the Whole passed June 11

Bill 7: Responsible Energy Development Amendment Act, 2020

Stage: Committee of the Whole adjourned June 10

Notes: Bill 7 makes changes to the approval process for oil and gas projects in the province through giving government the power to set deadlines for the Alberta Energy Regulator. Maximum timelines aren’t included in the legislation, but would be set through regulation.

Bill 15: Choice in Education Act, 2020

Stage:  Second Reading passed June 9

Notes: Bill 15, would protect and strengthen choice within Alberta’s education system through amendments to the Education Act. The legislation follows through on a campaign commitment from the UCP and is sure to be a major point of debate between the government and opposition NDP.

Bill 16: Victims of Crime (Strengthening Public Safety) Amendment Act, 2020 

Stage: Second Reading passed June 10

Notes: If passed, Bill 16 would expand the scope of the Victims of Crime Fund to include public safety initiatives that deter crime to prevent victimization while continuing to provide supports to victims of serious crimes.

Bill 17: Mental Health Amendment Act, 2020

Stage: Second Reading passed June 11

Notes: Alberta’s Mental Health Act currently allows for individuals with serious mental health disorders to be involuntarily detained for treatment. Proposed amendments in Bill 17 would strengthen the rights of patients. The amendments would also modernize the act and reduce red tape, providing for more timely and responsive care.

Bill 18: Corrections (Alberta Parole Board) Amendment Act, 2020

Stage: Second Reading passed June 2

Notes: Following through on a campaign commitment from the UCP, the legislation would result in the creation of the Alberta parole board.

Bill 19: Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Amendment Act, 2020

Stage: Second Reading passed June 3

Notes: The Act would make changes to the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act to further reduce the health harms associated with smoking and second-hand smoke, and in particular address the rising rates of youth vaping. The act proposes amendments that strengthen existing tobacco control measures and introduces aligned vaping provisions.

Bill 20: Real Estate Amendment Act, 2020

Stage: Third Reading passed June 10

Notes: Bill 20 continues the work started last fall with Bill 15, which addressed problems with the Real Estate Council of Alberta by dismissing the full council. The changes proposed in Bill 20 will allow for a restructuring of RECA to ensure greater transparency, increased accountability, and improved governance of the real estate regulator.

Bill 21: Provincial Administrative Penalties Act

Stage: Second Reading adjourned June 10

Notes: Bill 21 would amend the Traffic Safety Act to give Alberta some of the strongest impaired driving penalties in the country. It would also create an administrative procedure that would be used for first time impaired driving offences and in the future traffic tickets and potentially other provincial regulatory contraventions.

Bill 22: Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020

Stage: First Reading passed June 11

Notes: This wide sweeping bill makes 14 legislative changes across six different ministries. Several of these changes work to promote job creation and support economic growth by removing unnecessary burdens imposed on Albertans and businesses including moving Alberta from two provincially funded emissions reduction agencies to one. The remaining changes focus on expediting government approvals, enhancing government transparency, eliminating outdated requirements, and reducing the administrative burden on municipalities.

Government of Alberta Announcements

Orders in Council

OC 177/2020: Effective August 1, 2020, designates Derek Gordon Redman as Chief Judge of The Provincial Court of Alberta.

OC 178/2020: Proclaiming sections 2(2) and (3), 10(18) and (23) and 14 of the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2019 in force on the date of issue of the Proclamation.

OC 179/2020: Makes the Alberta Housing Act Regulations Repeal Regulation that repeals the Alberta Mortgage and Housing Corporation Loan Regulation (AR 233/85) and The Loan Insurance Regulation (AR 351/83).

OC 180/2020: Makes the Oil Sands Tenure Regulation, 2020 which includes oil sands agreements, continued leases, notices and directions and transitional, repeal, expiry and coming into force dates. The regulation comes into effect December 1, 2020 and will expire November 30, 2030.

Upcoming Committee Meeting Dates

June 16, 2020
June 23, 2020
  • Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Treasury Board and Finance, ATB
  • Standing Committee on Private Bills and Private Members’ Public Bills, Bill Pr1 and Bill 203
June 26, 2020