Alberta’s red tape reduction on-going
Our government knows that Albertans work hard to provide for their loved ones. That is why we committed to being mindful of every single tax dollar spent. Now, we are focused on cutting government red tape and making life better for everyday Albertans and businesses.
Have you ever found that accessing governmentsupported programs and services is needlessly complicated or difficult? As part of our commitment to cut red tape by one third, we are taking a close look at streamlining all government processes to empower Albertans and make their lives easier.
As Minister of Seniors and Housing, I am committed to reducing red tape. Already, we have introduced automatic enrolment in provincial seniors financial assistance programs for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) recipients once they turn 65. Previously, AISH recipients had to submit a separate application for provincial seniors benefits. It was clear to us that this was an unnecessary step causing needless stress and worry for recipients, and cumbersome for their caregivers and support workers.
Now, about 125 AISH recipients turning 65 each month will benefit from a seamless process of automatic enrolment for supports available to all Alberta seniors. Thanks to this red tape reduction measure, these Albertans can be assured of uninterrupted access to the financial supports they rely on.
I’m proud that we have eliminated needless stress and paperwork for older AISH recipients. But it’s just the beginning. We know there is still much work to do in reducing unnecessary regulations and administrative burdens on Albertans.
We want to hear from you. What are some ways we can remove barriers and improve access to seniors and affordable housing services? You can make your voice heard by submitting your ideas to us at CutRedTape.alberta.ca.
Your input will help ensure our government’s actions reflect the needs of hardworking individuals and families across the province. Have your say, and let’s work together to make life easier for all Albertans.
Josephine Pon is the Minister of Seniors and Housing, Alberta