Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction mandate letter
Jul 24, 2023
Premier Danielle Smith has issued a mandate letter to Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction Dale Nally calling on him to support business growth.
In her letter, the Premier outlines her expectations that the Alberta Advantage be expanded to include regulatory and approval advantages and asks Minister Nally to deliver on a platform commitment to support Alberta seniors by implementing a seniors discount of 25 per cent to all personal registry services, camping fees and medical driving tests.
The Premier also tasks Minister Nally with:
- Working with Indigenous partners, finish developing and implementing Alberta’s online gaming strategy with a focus on responsible gaming and provincial and Indigenous revenue generation.
- Reviewing Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) operations to remove red tape in the liquor and cannabis industries to increase provincial revenue generation and to further increase contributions from AGLC-regulated industries to Alberta charities and community facilities.
- Diagnosing slow turnaround times in Land Titles and implementing both short-term and long-term solutions that will bring efficiency and faster approvals that allow government to work through and eliminate the backlog.
- Acquiring expressions of interest from private sector investors to establish a network of hydrogen vehicle and electric vehicle (EV) recharge stations throughout the province, with a focus on partnering with the retail and hospitality industries, and work towards adding hydrogen and EV stations to the commercial safety rest areas expansion program.
- Refocusing red tape reduction efforts to measure, benchmark and reduce wait times for permit approvals across all ministries. Report on the feasibility of adopting an “automatic yes” policy that would assume a permit is approved within a reasonable and specific amount of time after an application, unless the ministry in question delivers a written rationale on why it should be rejected.
- Consulting on potentially extending prompt payment legislation to the Government of Alberta projects and complete any outstanding regulatory work on the current legislation to ensure its full implementation as soon as possible to address the problems in the Alberta construction industry related to timeliness of payments from contractors to subcontractors.
- Continuing to act on the MacKinnon Panel’s recommendation by forming a procurement council to provide a regular forum for conducting ongoing dialogue among representatives from major procurement ministries and industry organizations whose members supply goods, consulting services and construction services for the Government of Alberta.
- In consultation with the Minister of Justice, developing an adjudication process to better handle disputes and improve recourse for contractors and subcontractors in the event of a claim for non-payment.
- Passing and implementing amendments to the Condominium Property Act as previously directed by Cabinet.
- Undertaking an analysis of life-lease protections, including a jurisdictional scan of other provinces, and bringing forward recommendations to ensure appropriate protections are in place for Albertans.
“My ministry touches on the lives of every Albertan, from birth certificates to driver’s licences to buying property. We are rolling up our sleeves and working with new and old partners on our new priorities. Furthermore, we continue to work towards eliminating the backlog in Land Titles and reducing government red tape by one-third. Together, we will make Alberta an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Dale Nally, Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction