Government of Alberta
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
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
• 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
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
• 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.
• 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;
– Accountable and responsible
– Supported by a land stewardship ethic
– Collaborative and transparent
– 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
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
• 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-
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:
• Albertans, no matter where they live or what their income is, have
the opportunity to experience a wide range of cultural activities.
• Communities have the resources they need to support culture
• 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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