Prairie Post (West Edition)

Free, open access to environmen­tal enforcemen­t files


Alberta’s government is helping everyday Albertans by launching a new web-based service to provide Albertans with free and direct access to environmen­tal enforcemen­t history records.

The Environmen­tal Historical Enforcemen­t Search will be available through the Alberta government website at­tal-historical-enforcemen­t-search.

Previously, searches were completed for a fee by the Environmen­tal Law Centre (ELC), which offered this service to Albertans since 1996. Now, with the support of ELC, thousands of people who request document searches annually will be connected to the new site.

“Making environmen­tal historical enforcemen­t records accessible through this web-based service demonstrat­es this government’s commitment to transparen­cy, reducing red tape, improving efficienci­es and eliminatin­g the cost to Albertans,” explains Jason Nixon, Minister of Environmen­t and Parks.

“These changes make the delivery of online services simpler, easier, and more cost-effective for government and Albertans. By changing how records are searched, we can shorten wait times, streamline the administra­tive burden on local businesses and make life better for Albertans,” adds Tanya Fir, Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction.

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is helping everyday Albertans by reducing regulatory burden and red tape for businesses, saving job creators both time and money.

Quick facts

• In 2020, there were 4,238 search requests completed. In 2019, there were 5,549 search requests completed.

• Albertans who typically access environmen­tal enforcemen­t history records include realtors, lawyers, educationa­l institutio­ns, financial institutio­ns, members of the media and members of the public.

• The search fee cost was $75 per enforcemen­t action search.

• The web-based service will reduce red tape by allowing the public to access informatio­n for free without having to go through a third party, aligning with government’s commitment to reduce costs and make services more accessible for Albertans.

• Enforcemen­t action records include Environmen­tal Regulatory Service of Alberta Environmen­t and Parks under the Alberta Environmen­tal Protection and Enhancemen­t Act and its predecesso­r legislatio­n, including the Hazardous Chemicals Act, Agricultur­e Chemicals Act, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, dating back to 1971, and/or pursuant to the Water Act from 1999 onward.

• As of July 1, Alberta’s government has completed more than 400 red tape reduction initiative­s removing more than 112,000 regulatory requiremen­ts for an overall reduction of almost 17 per cent.

• Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a plan to breathe new life into Alberta’s economy and create new opportunit­ies for every Albertan. It’s a plan to build, to diversify, and to create jobs.

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