As this week is Red Tape Awareness Week, the Alberta government has successfully achieved its target of reducing bureaucratic hurdles by one-third.

The province has expressed a commitment to ongoing efforts without any intention of setting aside the metaphorical scissors.

Alberta has been recognized as a top red tape reduction performer by the Canadian Federation for Independent Business for three consecutive years, receiving an A-minus in 2022 and 2023, preceded by an A in 2021.

“Unnecessary red tape often creeps up slowly, hampering ingenuity, efficiency and growth. It hurts our economy and it hurts Albertans. Streamlining processes isn’t just a goal; it’s a promise to cultivate a business-friendly environment, increase job opportunities and position our province as a leader in efficiency and innovation. It’s a promise we intend to keep,” stated Danielle Smith, Premier of Alberta.

Close to 700 initiatives aimed at reducing bureaucratic obstacles have been accomplished since 2019. These initiatives encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from form updates to the redesign of program delivery. All of these efforts have played a role in fostering greater efficiency and effectiveness within various departments, ultimately leading to enhanced service delivery for the people of Alberta.

“Our attitude about red tape is simple: when we find it, we cut it. We’re proud that we’ve hit our one-third milestone, but we’re not done yet. We will continue to work with Albertans and industry experts to make changes that drive economic growth and job creation,” stated Dale Nally, Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction

The Ministry of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction remains committed to collaborating with Albertans and industry experts to introduce impactful changes that stimulate economic growth, foster job creation, and simplify the lives of residents. Albertans are urged to persist in sharing their ideas through online platforms.

According to the province, a total of $2.75 billion has been saved by Albertans and businesses in the province through red tape reduction.

Removing red tape means removing duplicate processes and rules that do not add protections which will save time, money, and resources.

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