Alberta government to review all agencies, boards and commissions

EDMONTON — The provincial government is now reviewing all agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) as it looks to find cost savings and eliminate duplication of services.

There are 301 ABCs in the province, and they direct the spending of almost 50 per cent of the provincial budget. They include everything from the Alberta Energy Regulator to the Health Quality Council and the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says Albertans need to feel confident ABCs are using public dollars effectively.

“This review, combined with new legislation to expand the sunshine list and enshrine it in law, will help ensure Albertans are getting value for their money,” he said.

The government introduced new legislation on Thursday to expand what’s commonly called the sunshine list. Bill 5 requires public disclosure of the salaries of all government agency employees who earn more than $125,000 a year.

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The review of the 136 public agencies which fall under the newly-expanded sunshine list will be complete by March of next year.

The remainder will be completed by the fall of 2016.

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