Al­berta’s red tape re­duc­tion on-go­ing

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - PRAIRIE OPINION - By Josephine Pon

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

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