4 new mandate letters: As of last week, mandate letters for eighteen ministries were released. This week, the Premier issued a further four letters outlining the priorities of the government. These include mandate letters for the following ministers:
- Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services
- Minister of Justice
- Minister of Mental Health and Addiction
- Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services
$45 million for hydrogen innovation: In conjunction with Alberta’s Hydrogen Roadmap, the province announced two hydrogen funding competitions through the Alberta Innovates’ Hydrogen Centre of Excellence and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA). The $45 million in funding supports a wide range of applicants to explore innovative technologies that are currently not commercially available. Applicants can submit a single proposal to apply to the two funding streams. The deadline for the ERA competition is Sept 22, and the deadline for the Alberta Innovates competition is Sept 26.
6-month pause on new renewable electricity generation projects: Alberta’s government announced they would pause approvals of new renewable electricity generation projects over one megawatt for the next six months. The decision was in response to concerns from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) regarding the rapid pace of renewables development. The pause will be accompanied by an inquiry that will inform future government policy decisions on the economic, orderly, and efficient development of electrical generation in Alberta.
Increasing access to lab services: Routine lab tests, like blood work, are facing constant delays. To ensure better access to lab testing, the government announced that, in addition to DynaLife, Alberta Precision Laboratories would offer more community lab appointments. For Calgary, this represents a 25% increase in lab services.
Streamlining delivery of mental health services: In the past, a lack of coordination has led to inconsistent funding and outcomes for those accessing mental health and addiction services. To ensure a consistent and effective approach to these services across Alberta, the government directed AHS to consolidate its mental health and addiction programs, services, and operations under the existing AHS Provincial Addiction and Mental Health program.
Legislative calendar: MLAs will return to the Legislature on October 30 for the Speech from the Throne.
UCP AGM: The United Conservative Party will be holding their next AGM on November 3-4 in Calgary.
- Rejected deal in West Coast ports strike: Joint statement
- Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services mandate letter
- New funding for hydrogen innovation
- Supporting Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ people
- Minister of Justice mandate letter
- Minister of Mental Health and Addiction mandate letter
- Creating certainty for renewable projects
- Orders in Council
- Higher civil claims limit now in effect
- Immediate action to improve lab services
- Streamlining mental health and addiction care
- 2030 Commonwealth Bid: Statement from Minister Schow
- Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services mandate letter