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					Government of Alberta
  Policy Highlights

   REDA Presentation
GOA Policy Directions
• The Government Alberta (GOA) has released a number of strategy

  -   GOA Strategic Business Plan 2009-2012
  -   Launching Alberta’s Energy Future
  -   A Plan for Alberta Oil Sands
  -   20 Year Strategic Capital Plan
  -   Alberta’s Action Plan – Bringing Technology to Market
  -   Building and Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce
  -   Land-use Framework
  -   Climate Change Strategy
  -   Water for Life Renewal Strategy
  -   Alberta Livestock and Meat Strategy
  -   Alberta’s Rural Development Strategy
  -   The Spirit of Alberta, Alberta’s Cultural Policy
  -   Plan for Parks
GOA Strategic Business Plan
2009 - 2012
Government of Alberta (GOA) Priorities

  1. Resourceful. Responsible - Ensure Alberta’s energy resources
    are developed in an environmentally sustainable way.
  2. A Healthy Approach - Increase access to quality health care and
    improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care service
  3. Strong Communities - Promote strong and vibrant communities
    and reduce crime so Albertans feel safe.
  4. Creating Opportunity - Enhance value-added activity, increase
    innovation, and build a skilled workforce to improve the long-run
    sustainability of Alberta’s economy.
  5. Building Tomorrow - Provide the roads, schools, hospitals and
    other public infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing
    economy and population.
Launching Alberta’s Energy Future

• This energy strategy reflects the resourceful and
  responsible approach Alberta will take toward the long-
  term development of energy in our province.
• The following three central outcomes are identified in this
  energy plan:

  1.Clean energy production.
  2.Wise energy use.
  3.Sustained economic prosperity.
A Plan for Alberta’s Oil Sands

• This strategic plan aims to achieve the following outcomes related to
  Alberta’s oil sands:
   – optimized economic growth;
   – reduced environmental footprint; and
   – increased quality of life for Albertans today and in the future.

• A number of key factors are:
   – Well-defined and stable regulatory structures;
   – Investment by governments and industry;
   – Increased collaboration and clear and responsive communication
     among stakeholders and all levels of government; and
   – Innovation fostered through research and technology.
20 Year Strategic Capital Plan
•   This 20-year strategic capital plan is blueprint to guide future decisions
    about priority infrastructure projects in eight key areas: municipal
    infrastructure; provincial highway network, other transportation and
    corridors; health facilities; schools; post-secondary facilities; housing and
    provincial government projects; community facilities; and water and
    wastewater facilities.
•   This 20-year strategic capital plan also supports three priorities.
      1. Building Communities – This 20-year capital plan provides essential
         support to municipalities along with support for community facilities to
         maintain our quality of life.
      2. Greening our Growth – High environmental standards will be
         integrated into all facilities and projects supported through this capital
         plan as well as into initiatives that sustain our environment, ensure a
         safe and sustainable supply of water, respect our land-use plans, and
         maintain air quality
      3. Creating Opportunity – By planning ahead and anticipating Alberta’s
         future needs, the essential infrastructure will be in place to stimulate
         and/or attract businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs to our province
         and to create opportunities in communities all across the province from
         value-added agriculture to nanotechnology, tourism, and medical
Alberta’s Action Plan –
Bringing Technology to Market
• Alberta’s action plan pursues a wide range of coordinated initiatives.
      Action 1: Implement a science and research experimental
                 development tax credit
      Action 2: Establish a $100 million Alberta Enterprise Corporation to
                 attract and strengthen venture capital investments in Alberta
      Action 3: Strengthen access to regional business services to improve
                 your company’s investment-readiness
      Action 4: Introduce new technology development advisors
      Action 5: Offer innovation vouchers to assist companies in accessing
                 technology development services
      Action 6: Prepare products for market through enhanced product
                 development centres
      Action 7: Create a demonstration fund for testing new products
      Action 8: Expand the IVAC Capacity Builder Program for pre-
                 commercial and seed stage technology companies
      Action 9: Support Youth Technopreneurship project initiatives
Building and Educating
Tomorrow’s Workforce

•   Since June 2006, Alberta has been implementing its 10
    year labour force development strategy Building and
    Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce (BETW).
•   The four key strategies or themes under BETW are to
    Inform, Attract, Develop and Retain workers in Alberta.
•   The three key outcomes or goals are:
    1. an improved supply of appropriately skilled and motivated
       workers in the province;
    2. highly skilled, educated and innovative people; and
    3. high performance work environments that can make maximum
       use of innovation and technology.
Land-use Framework
• The outcomes for the Land-use Framework are;
   – Healthy economy supported by our land and natural resources
   – Healthy ecosystems and environment
   – People-friendly communities with ample recreational and cultural

• The guiding principles for the development of the land use framework are;
   – Sustainable
   – Accountable and responsible
   – Supported by a land stewardship ethic
   – Collaborative and transparent
   – Integrated
   – Knowledge-based
   – Responsive
   – Fair, equitable and timely
   – Respectful of private property rights
   – Respectful of the constitutionally protected rights of aboriginal
Climate Change Strategy

In January 2008, the Alberta government released Alberta’s new
    Climate Change Strategy.
• The strategy takes action on three fronts:
    1. Implementing carbon capture and storage
        • Goal: To store quantities of CO2 in Alberta’s geological
           formations rather than releasing it into the atmosphere.
    2. Greening energy production
        • Goal: To transform the way we produce energy and to
           introduce a cleaner, more sustainable approaches to energy
    3. Conserving and using energy efficiently
        • Goal: To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by transforming
           how we use energy, applying energy efficient solutions, and
           conserving energy.
Water for Life Renewal Strategy
•   After reviewing the Alberta Water Council’s
    recommendations and the achievements of the past five
    years, the Alberta government has released a renewed
    Water for Life strategy.

•   The renewed strategy is based on three outcomes:
    1. safe, secure drinking water supply;
    2. healthy aquatic ecosystems; and
    3. reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy.

•   Each of those outcomes will be achieved through
    knowledge and research, partnerships and water
Alberta Livestock and
Meat Strategy

• The Alberta Livestock and Meat Strategy Implementation
  Plan (2008-2013) outline several objectives for this
  industry sub sector.
  – Build on a foundation of animal health, food safety and public
  – Differentiate throughout the supply chain
  – Diversify markets
  – Improve marketing effectiveness and efficiency
  – Develop the business of the livestock and meat industry
  – Reduce costs and regulatory barriers
  – Promote a strengthened supply chain
  – Engage government as a catalyst
Alberta’s Rural Development Strategy

•   Alberta's Rural Development Strategy reflects rural Alberta's
    traditional ties to the land, and its values.

•   The four key pillars of the strategy that are essential for sustainable
    rural communities are:
    1. economic growth;
    2. community capacity, quality of life & infrastructure;
    3. health care; and
    4. learning & skill development.

•   In support of the Rural Development Strategy the Alberta
    government has provided $100 million to a Rural Alberta’s
    Development Fund to support innovative, collaborative, community-
    focused projects.
The Spirit of Alberta,
Alberta’s Cultural Policy
•   The Spirit of Alberta ensures Albertans have the opportunity to
    share, express and experience culture in a province that respects
    the past, celebrates the presents and welcomes the future.
•   The approach is to build an extraordinary culture that will shape the
    future through the following four keystone goals:
    1. Access
        • Albertans, no matter where they live or what their income is, have
           the opportunity to experience a wide range of cultural activities.
    2. Capacity
        • Communities have the resources they need to support culture
    3. Excellence
        • Our artists and creators are striving to be the best they can be
    4. Cultural Industries
        • Government policy will encourage cultural industry capacity,
           sustainability and development.
Plan for Parks
This ten year plan was released in April 2009
• Strategy: Involve Albertans
   –   Implement a regional planning model
   –   Create a Parks Advisory Council
   –   Engage Aboriginal communities
   –   Develop a process for nominating new provincial parks
   –   Ensure accountability through milestones and deliverables
   –   Diversify existing volunteer programs and partnerships
• Strategy: Offer Modern Facilities, Policies & Programs
   – Develop a central reservation system
   – Upgrade, restore and expand park facilities
   – Refine the parks classification system
• Strategy: Provide Recreation Opportunities
   – Identify and develop opportunities for recreation
   – Encourage interest and opportunity in parks
   – Implement an inclusion strategy to enhance visitor experiences
• Strategy: Conserve Landscapes
   – Facilitate contributions to parks
   – Balance in the parks system
   – Foster evidence-based decision-making
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