Our Progress

Together, we've made incredible progress over the past four years. We've listed some of our key achievements below.

Advanced Education

Rachel Notley is fighting to ensure post-secondary education is affordable and accessible to every Albertan. Rachel believes that money should never stand in the way of a young person following their dreams. That’s why she reversed cuts planned by the previous Conservative government and froze tuition for four straight years – saving the average student $2,000. Under Rachel’s leadership, Alberta has gone from one of the most expensive provinces to get an education, to one of the most affordable. She has supported colleges and universities with stable funding, while helping prepare students for the economy of the future by adding hundreds of new seats to tech-related programs. Albertans can trust Rachel to keep fighting for the right of every student to access world-class education and training opportunities.

Key Accomplishments

  • Froze tuition rates for five years.
  • Added $26 million for mental health services at post secondary campuses.
  • Created 3,000 new post-secondary technology spaces to support emerging industries.
  • Phased out obscene salaries among post-secondary executives.
  • Increased funding to assist people with disabilities to complete post-secondary degrees.
  • Invested almost $5 million to improve Athabasca University’s digital learning environment and upgrade existing IT infrastructure.
  • Gave academic workers the right to strike.
  • Expanded the University of Calgary School of Veterinary Medicine, adding 80 new spaces.
  • Made Red Deer College, Grande Prairie College, and Alberta College of Art and Design degree granting universities, so local residents don't have to leave home to go to school.
  • Broke ground on a new campus for Northern Lake College, serving 225 students in High Prairie.
  • Supported much-needed, critical infrastructure builds and upgrades on campuses across the province, like renovations at Dentistry-Pharmacy Building on University of Alberta campus and MacKimmie Complex at the University of Calgary.
  • Added more students to the Board of Governors at colleges, to give students more of a voice in decisions that affect them.

Agriculture and Forestry

Rachel Notley is fighting for farmers, for our agricultural sector, and for the small towns and rural communities that they support.

Rachel grew up in rural Alberta. She knows first hand that farming families are an essential pillar of Alberta’s economy, and an important part of our province’s cultural fabric.

Rachel is working hard to build a recovery that lasts, and growing our agriculture and forestry is a critical part of her plan. She invested tens of millions in expanded efficiency programs for farmers, ranchers, and food processors to help our industry get ahead of the competition in other provinces.

As well, thanks to her leadership, the City of Lethbridge secured the largest private sector investment in that city’s history – the $360 million expansion of Cavendish Farms, which will create good jobs and opportunities for local farmers.

Key Accomplishments

  • Cleaned up a culture of waste and entitlement at Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) that the Conservatives had let fester for many years.
  • Provided $81 million to farmers from the carbon levy to transition to lower energy and energy efficient equipment.
  • Introduced the Local Food Act to raise the profile of local food industry.
  • Doubled loan limits to livestock providers, allowing farmers to invest in new stock.
  • Gave farm workers full legal workplace protection (health and safety, employment standards, labour standards).
  • Opened a farmer’s market on the Legislature grounds.

Children's Services

Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters to children and families. Her $25 per day childcare centres have been called "life changing". Unlike conservatives who failed to act, and who let recommendations that would have saved lives sit on the shelf and gather dust, she took concrete action to improve the lives of children. She strengthened the mandate of the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta (OCYA), she updated child protection legislation, and she’s invested in better supports for families.

Key Accomplishments

  • Introduced and expanded the $25 per day childcare pilot to more than 100 centers, with over 7,000 new spaces province wide.
  • Introduced intensive Indigenous training for Children's Services staff about the impacts and legacy of colonialism, residential schools and the Sixties Scoop.
  • Made Alberta the first province to implement “Jordan’s Principle” with respect to Indigenous children in foster care. The principle, simply put, ensures children who need care get it right away, regardless of which government should be funding it.
  • Implemented recommendations from Minister’s Panel on Child Intervention, including immediate additional funding of over $4 million to improve kinship care assessments, suicide prevention and increased mental health and addictions services.
  • Gave Aboriginal communities a formal role in child protection court proceedings.

Community and Social Services

Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters to Albertans, including protecting and improving the social services that make a difference in their lives. She increased rates and the number of clients receiving support from Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program, the Seniors Benefit and Income Support programs. She also increased funding and launched a bold review of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program. Rachel has the right priorities. She believes that all Albertans should be able to get the support they need, no matter the price of oil.

Key Accomplishments

  • Introduced the Alberta Child Tax benefit, giving families with children earning under $41,000 per year access to funds to assist them with raising kids out of poverty. It's estimated that families will receive $175 million in benefits in 2018-19 alone.
  • Invested $1.9 million in new funding to create new spaces for women and children fleeing family violence.
  • Created a new, province-wide phone line for victims of abuse to access support or report abuse.
  • Increased rates for AISH, Income Support and Seniors Benefits for the first time since 2012. Also introduced legislation to automatically tie those benefits to inflation in future years.
  • Funded the Elizabeth Fry Society program to create legal support for sexual violence survivors.
  • Repealed the PDD Safety Standards in consultation with disability community to support inclusion and community living.
  • Introduced a new Adjudication Guide, updated eligibility policies and provincial AISH training strategy to help staff make consistent decisions and provide quality service.
  • Reversed parent training policies under the Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program and clarified that parents are not required to be involved in direct therapy for their children.
  • Created and appointed Alberta's first Disability Advocate.
  • Increased funding to PDD by $150 million to ensure 1,000 additional Albertans with disabilities have access to the supports they need.
  • Launched a review of programs serving disabled Albertans.
  • Made it easier to qualify for AISH without depleting an applicant’s financial assets.
  • Provided a $1.25 million grant to Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton to allow that organization to expand services to 200 additional families across Northern Alberta.
  • Introduced programs and standards and increased funding for the training of service dogs.
  • Approved $1.7 million for maintenance of homeless facilities in Edmonton.

Culture and Tourism

Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters to Albertans and that includes investing in upgrades and renovations to important community projects like hockey rinks, curling clubs, community centres, and playgrounds. Rachel knows that a strong arts and culture sector makes for a strong province. That’s why she’s created Alberta’s first Artist in Residence - to promote Alberta artists and the art community. She also knows that our diversity is our strength. From launching a Francophone secretariat and first ever comprehensive French policy in Alberta, to being the first to raise the Transgender flag at the Legislature, she’s fighting for all Albertans.

Key Accomplishments

  • Introduce a new Tourism Growth Innovation Fund to support and expand Alberta’s tourism offerings.
  • Funded renovations to improve both the Northern and Southern Jubilee Auditoriums.
  • Created an organization to help Indigenous entrepreneurs launch tourism based businesses.
  • Contributed $2.5 million to rebuild the Roxy Theatre in Edmonton.
  • Started a free summer music series at McDougall Centre to showcase Alberta musicians over lunch hours in downtown Calgary.
  • Adding new and refurbished exhibits at Heritage Park in Calgary.
  • Established August as Pakistani Heritage Month.
  • Steered efforts to proclaim Alberta's first Islamic Heritage Month, commemorating the contribution of Islamic Albertans, who have been here since the 19th century.
  • Declared June as Philippine Heritage Month in recognition that Alberta has the second highest Filipino-Canadian population in the country.

Democratic Renewal

Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters, and that includes ensuring Alberta has a strong and healthy democracy. After years of Conservative pay-to-play politics in Alberta, Rachel promised that elections would finally be decided on the basis of who has the best ideas, not who has the biggest bank account. Her government's first piece of legislation banned union and corporate donations and put elections back into the hands of every day Albertans. Since then, she's brought in strict spending and donations limits, the strictest rules around third-party advertising in the country, and created a new Elections Commissioner role to ensure the rules are being enforced. While the Conservatives continue to try to find ways around the rules, Rachel is going to keep fighting to make elections more fair, accessible, and balanced.

Key Accomplishments

  • Banned corporate and union donations to political parties.
  • Took big money out of politics by lowering campaign donation limits from $30,000 per person to $4,000.
  • Put limits on how much political parties and candidates can spend during campaigns.
  • Made it harder for Political Action Committees to bring in big money from other countries to influence our elections.

Economy

Rachel Notley is fighting for good jobs and an economy that works for everyone. That’s why she cut taxes for small businesses, while ensuring the super wealthy started to pay their fair share. It’s why she invested in targeted incentives for job creators, while raising the minimum wage to help working Albertans share in our province’s prosperity. Her Made in Alberta energy diversification plan is attracting billions in new investments. New industries like renewable power and the tech sector are starting to take off. And the deficit is steadily and responsibly being reduced. You can count on Rachel to keep fighting to ensure the recovery reaches every family.

Key Accomplishments

  • Cut the small business tax by a third.
  • Cut salaries and eliminated bonuses at Alberta’s Agencies Boards and Commissions. Some of the salaries were in excess of $500,000 per year and included perks like golf club memberships. Capped severance at 12 months.
  • Cut the government travel and hospitality budget by 85 per cent.
  • Grew Alberta's tax advantage to $11.2 billion.
  • Launched a trade challenge to gain access to other provincial markets on behalf of Alberta’s small breweries.
  • Raised taxes on corporations and the wealthy, while maintaining Alberta as lowest taxed province in Canada.
  • Changed rules to make it easier for restaurants and cafes to open outdoor patio space.
  • Cut the deficit by $4 billion without firing thousands of teachers and nurses.
  • Created subsidies to local craft beer makers to promote Alberta-based industry and the jobs that come with it.
  • Created a $40-million transition fund for coal workers to replace income, retrain, and get placement in other positions.
  • Introduced the Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit, helping to attract the tech sector to set up shop in Alberta.
  • Created “Four Directions Financial” with ATB and Boyle Street Community Services to give banking services to homeless and vulnerable Albertans.

Education

Rachel Notley is fighting to ensure our kids get the best possible start in life. She refused to make kids pay the price for a drop in the price of oil. Instead, she reversed planned Conservative cuts and focused on what matters. Under Rachel’s leadership, Alberta is building and renovating over 240 new schools, has hired almost 4,000 new teachers and teaching assistants, and is putting resources into the classroom where they belong. She made life better for parents by cutting school fees. She passed legislation to protect vulnerable LGBTQ kids. Her team is also overseeing a common-sense, long-overdue modernization of the curriculum – replacing decades-old content, some of which predates the internet. Alberta families can trust Rachel to keep fighting for what matters – like good schools for our kids.

Key Accomplishments

  • Funded 4,000 additional teachers and educational assistants to make sure our kids have the best chance to succeed.
  • Introduced a school nutrition program in every school district, feeding an estimated 33,000 kids daily.
  • Built or renovated over 240 schools across the province.
  • Invested $75 million in additional classroom supports so that our kids have the best chance to succeed.
  • Enhanced curriculum to teach Alberta students about the history of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, and the legacy of residential schools.
  • Tightened rules around Gay Straight Alliances so kids can join them without being outed before they are ready.
  • Eliminated the $1,000 fee for the Green Certificate Program, an agriculture apprenticeship program. Enrolment jumped with the fee elimination.
  • Introduced guidelines for the wages of school superintendents to bring wages and benefits in line with the rest of the public service. The move puts $1.5 million back into the classroom.
  • Developed an action plan to combat racism in Alberta, including improvements to school curriculum and help for workers getting foreign credentials recognised.
  • Reversed Conservative cuts to Program Unit Funding (PUF) for school children with disabilities. The program is essential for young children to provide staff for early intervention and make sure they get the best education possible.
  • Started a $2-million grant program to support community initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impacts on Albertans.
  • Cut school fees by 25 per cent.
  • Created a new program to cover the cost of school playgrounds so parent's don't have to.
  • Added consent to the curriculum of students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • Invested more than $70 million to support mental health and other paramedical support programs in K-12 schools.
  • Worked with and gathered input from more than 100,000 Albertans to develop a new K-4 curriculum and set up a process to see a similar curriculum completed for older grades in the years ahead.
  • Funded WiseGuyz, a program that educates 300 Calgary junior high school boys about gender violence and tolerance. Schools with the program have reported reduced violence rates and a noticeable change in school culture and tolerance.

Energy

Rachel Notley is leading the fight to build pipelines and diversify Alberta’s economy. Despite setbacks, Rachel’s tough but thoughtful approach has brought us closer than ever to securing market access and a better price for the resources we all own. Her Made in Alberta energy diversification plan is finally moving Peter Lougheed’s vision closer to reality – creating thousands of new value-added jobs and bringing new investment in upgrading to our province. Her team has made Alberta a leader in renewable energy, providing families and businesses with affordable wind and solar power for the first time. Albertans can’t afford to stay on the boom-and-bust rollercoaster. That’s why you can trust Rachel and her team to keep fighting for an energy economy that’s built to last.

Key Accomplishments

  • Put a cap on electricity prices.
  • Built nationwide support for the Trans Mountain pipeline and our energy industry. Now, more Canadians than ever are supportive of getting pipelines built.
  • Investing $1 billion into partial upgrading programs to diversify Alberta’s energy sector.
  • Supported the building of a new $3.5 billion petrochemical plant north-east of Edmonton. Alberta's Petrochemical Diversification Program is credited by the builders as the reason for this.
  • Celebrated the opening of Suncor’s Fort Hills project, putting 1,400 people to work on a continuing basis. Fort Hills is expected to generate $8 billion in royalty revenue to the province over the life of the project.
  • Celebrated Nexen’s $400 million investment in the oil sands at its Long Lake South West project. Because the project requires less steam and natural gas per barrel, Long Lake will achieve a 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2025.
  • Doubled existing support for new upgrading and refining programs in place for our energy resources. The new supports will create 15,500 jobs during construction and 1,000 jobs once operational.
  • Secured $12 billion in new investment and created 11,000 jobs through new energy diversification projects.
  • Began the process of seeking industry interest in a new refinery to process more of our energy resources here in Alberta.
  • Launched and completed a review of Alberta’s energy royalties.
  • Secured the leasing of 4,400 new rail cars and locomotives to get our energy products to export markets.
  • Made the tough call to put in place a short term reduction in oil production to deal with the surplus of supply and the effect it had on prices. This brought the differential (the difference between what Alberta oil sells at and West Texas) from $50 a barrel down to under $15, the lowest in years.

Environment and Parks

Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters like making sure we have clean air, water, and landscapes that will be there for future generations. She knows it's possible to take leading action on climate change and grow the economy at the same time. Because of her plan, we are attracting billions of dollars of investment in renewable energy in Alberta and those investments will only continue to grow. Rachel stands with the thousands of Albertans who built this province and she is fighting to make sure their legacy is preserved for generations to come.

Key Accomplishments

  • Passed Alberta's first Renewable Energy Law to triple Alberta's use of renewables by 2030, and we are on track to exceed that goal.
  • Created Castle Provincial Park.
  • Invested over $40 million for solar programs for homes, businesses, First Nations, municipalities and farms.
  • Introduced a program to increase renewable energy to create over 7,000 jobs by 2030.
  • Created the world’s largest protected boreal forest in Northen Alberta, preserving 67,000 square kilometres of park space, an area almost as large as New Brunswick.
  • Dedicated $70 million in incentives to companies who develop technologies to reduce emissions caused by biotechnology, electricity and/or transportation.
  • Phased-out coal-fired power early, improving the health of hundreds of Albertans with asthma and other breathing problems and reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted in Alberta by 16 per cent.
  • Invested in Kananaskis Park to improve trails, campsites and other amenities.
  • Invested over $200 million to reduce methane gas emissions.
  • Created the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor in the Crowsnest Pass, protecting a five-kilometre long corridor and honouring a former Premier with a passion for conservation.

Health

Only Rachel Notley can be trusted to fight for public healthcare in Alberta. She cancelled the Conservative’s unfair health premiums and she’s fought to get shovels in the ground on the Calgary Cancer Centre. She’s building Edmonton’s first new hospital in decades, and she ended years of Conservative parking lot medicine by opening much needed dialysis units in Lac La Biche, Whitecourt, Edson and Hinton. Her investments in health care have added 1,200 additional doctors and 1,200 additional nurses across the province to address the needs of a growing population. Rachel’s going to keep fighting for what matters to Albertans – including long-term care, dementia care, home care and community medicine.

Key Accomplishments

  • After years of broken promises by the previous government, committed to and began building the Calgary Cancer Centre.
  • Scrapped the Conservative plan to charge Albertans health-care premiums.
  • Funded health care to prevent the layoff of thousands of health care workers as planned by the Prentice Conservative government.
  • Opened a new mental health clinic for Edmonton children.
  • Covered the cost of the abortion pill Mifegymiso so it is free to all women who need it.
  • Passed legislation to prevent harrassment at abortion clinics.
  • Negotiated an agreement with doctors that included no wage increases for two years, while saving $95 million in health care costs. Eighty-nine percent of doctors voted to approve the deal.
  • Invested $29 million to hire 90 more paramedics and purchase 17 new ambulances across Alberta. Also hired new staff to address mental health issues among paramedics.
  • Funding a new emergency room for the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton.
  • Increased funding for home care by $200 million.
  • Extended hours for cancer treatment at Tom Baker Centre and Cross Cancer Institute.
  • Invested $20 million to install lifts on ambulance vehicles to reduce injuries to paramedics.
  • Committed to building the new Willow Square facility in Fort McMurray providing 144 spaces for seniors care.
  • Redeveloped the maternity care unit at Peter Lougheed Hospital, adding 60 new care spaces.
  • Opened a permanent dialysis treatment centre in Lac La Biche, where for years patients had previously been receiving treatment in a bus in the parking lot.
  • Committed to fully fund access to PrEP drugs, which are 99 per cent effective at preventing HIV infection.
  • Increased penalties for health professionals who are engaged in sexual abuse of patients, including a loss of licence to practice.
  • Added access to mental health supports for 2,000 more youth in Southern Alberta.
  • Introduced a dental fee guide to lower the cost of dental services.
  • Invested money into Fresh Start recovery homes, creating 46 new addiction recovery spaces in Calgary.
  • Committed to building a new neonatal care unit in St. Albert.
  • Passed lesiglation to give continuing care residents and families more input into their living facilities.
  • Opened new opioid dependency clinics in Bonnyville, Fort McMurray and High Prairie to treat up to 600 new patients annually.
  • Announced a new hospital wing for Medicine Hat.
  • Expanded mental health services at the Calgary Counselling Centre.
  • Gave nurses the ability to prescribe drugs and order x-rays, which will reduce wait times and cost to the taxpayer.
  • Introduced regulations for counselling professionals and addictions treatment facilities.
  • Provided $2.2 million to the Blood Tribe to open a safe withdrawal site to treat patients.
  • Expanded health care/hospital services in Sylvan Lake.
  • Expanded urgent care services in Airdrie.
  • Added 16 new mental health beds to Royal Alex Hospital.
  • Protected the voluntary blood donation system by banning paid plasma programs.
  • Passed a law to protect teenagers from harm caused by artificial tanning.
  • Opened a supervised consumption site at the Royal Alex Hospital.
  • Approved $750K to improve health outcomes for Calgary’s homeless.
  • Provided $1.2 million grant to the Zebra Child Protection Centre to provide support and counselling to children who have survived physical and sexual abuse.
  • Built safe accommodations in Lethbridge for 42 people suffering from opioid and other addictions to help them access treatment and support programs.

Indigenous Relations

Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters to Indigenous people in Alberta. She has committed to implementing the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and knows that only through working together in the spirit of reconciliation can we move our province forward. Rachel is implementing mandatory Indigenous training for the Alberta Public Service to learn about treaties, residential schools, and historical and contemporary experiences of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Alberta. In consultation with Indigenous communities, she put together an Indigenous Climate Leadership Plan that is putting $35 million toward renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate leadership capacity in Indigenous communities across Alberta.

Key Accomplishments

  • Cabinet members instructed to make plans to implement the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Apologized for Alberta's role in residential schools.
  • Joined the call for a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
  • After decades without a treaty, Alberta joined with the federal government to sign a deal with the Lubicon Lake Band.
  • Introduced training for all public-service employees on the history and unique needs of Alberta’s Aboriginal population.
  • Invested $100 million to improve drinking water in First Nations communities.
  • Launched a process to engage with survivors of the Sixties Scoop to develop and craft a meaningful apology. And delivered that apology in the Alberta Legislature with a promise to continue working to make amends to the victims and heal the wounds of the past.
  • Funded a job training program for Indigenous women to give them skills as heavy equipment operators.
  • Signed an agreement with the four Maskwacîs Cree Nations to outline the role of the government providing education to the community.
  • Created the first Indigenous Languages in Education grant in Canada, funding programs that assist and promote Indigenous Language Education in schools.

Infrastructure

Rachel Notley is fighting for the things that matter most to Albertans. Her government was dealt a tough hand with low oil prices, but she refused to respond by closing schools or blowing up hospitals. Instead, Rachel’s team put Albertans to work building our province up – from a new cancer centre and rapid transit in Calgary, to affordable housing and light rail in Edmonton, to new schools in every corner of the province. These investments created tens of thousands of good-paying jobs when working families needed them the most. Albertans can trust Rachel to continue building and hiring – not cutting and firing.

Key Accomplishments

  • Committed funding from the Climate Leadership Plan for Calgary’s long-awaited Green Line.
  • Named a government building after First Nations Activist Muriel Stanley Venne, the first time a government building in Alberta has been named for in recognition of an Indigenous person.
  • Updated the policy on use of the Alberta Legislature grounds, allowing for more and bigger festivals and other events on the space.

Justice and Solicitor General

Rachel Notley has been fighting to keep Albertans safe. She’s increased supports for Victims of Crime and her investments in Legal Aid are improving access to justice for vulnerable and low-income Albertans across the province. She eliminated the limitation period for victims of sexual and domestic abuse and developed the Best Practice Guidelines for Police Investigations into Sexual Assault. Rachel’s fought every day for the things that matter to our communities. Her Rural Crime Reduction Strategy has already led to an 11 per cent decrease in rural property crime.

Key Accomplishments

  • Added gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination in the human rights code.
  • Removed the time limits for victims to file lawsuits against their sexual assaulter so victims can proceed when they are ready.
  • Invested $10 million in additional funding to combat rural crime by hiring 39 more police officers, 40 more civilian staff, and 10 additional Crown prosecutors.
  • Produced a Best Practices Guide for police investigating and dealing with cases of sexual assault and sexual violence to better support victims and bring instigators to justice.
  • Increased funding for Legal Aid by $70 million to ensure all Albertans get access to the justice system when they need it.
  • Committed to building a new courthouse in Red Deer.
  • Created 35 new crown prosecutor positions and 30 new court clerk positions to address court backlogs.
  • Cancelled the closure of the Calgary Young Offenders Centre as planned by the Conservatives.

Labour

Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters to everyday working people. She fought hard to modernize Alberta’s labour laws and now. thanks to her changes, workers in Alberta finally have the same rights and protections that workers across the country have had for years. She’s making sure Albertans are paid a fair wage and she fought to strengthen collective bargaining rights and made it fairer for workers wanting to organize. She also brought in new job-protected leaves to ensure that no parent ever again has to choose between taking care of a sick child and losing their jobs. Rachel’s got the backs of workers in Alberta and is proud to be on their side.

Key Accomplishments

  • Brought in a $15 minimum wage - bringing Alberta from last to first - and eliminated the tiered wage for servers
  • Brought back the STEP program to create jobs for students.
  • Removed the minimum wage exemption that allowed employers to pay less than minimum wage to workers with disabilities.
  • Made it easier for firefighters to claim Workers’ Compensation for ovarian & cervical cancer.
  • Improved safety for employees of gas stations and convenience stores by making it law that drivers pay before filling their gas tanks. As part of this move, regulations around cash handling, video monitoring and timed safety locks were also improved.
  • Opened the Fair Practices Office to give injured workers assistance in advocating for themselves through the WCB.
  • Banned the mandatory wearing of high heels at workplaces across the province.
  • We’ve made workplaces fairer and family friendly and made changes to ensure that no Albertan will ever again have to choose between taking care of their sick child and losing their jobs.
  • Made long overdue changes to health and safety rules to ensure workplace safety committees and a range of other improvements.
  • Overhauled the WCB to ensure workers get better treatment and fairer payouts.
  • Sent letters to employers who owe workers unpaid wages demanding settlement and outlining their options to do so.
  • Concluded bargaining with all major public sector groups without job action, lockouts, or forced settlements. All agreements were agreed by both parties.
  • Introduced first contract arbitration for workers trying to get a union.
  • Brought in card check certification, meaning no need for a vote if 65 per cent or more employees at a worksite sign union cards.
  • Removed restrictions on secondary picketing.
  • Gave the Labour Relations Board the ability to impose union certification when employers engage in unfair labour practices.

Municipal Affairs

Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters to communities across Alberta. She knows that strong and resilient communities need stability and investment so we can build roads, hockey rinks, community centres,schools and other vital infrastructure. Her historic investments in infrastructure mean communities across Alberta are getting the resources they need to grow and succeed, all while creating jobs.

Key Accomplishments

  • Banned corporate and union donations for municipal election campaigns and lowered the per-person donation limit to $4,000 per year.
  • Finalized a funding agreement between Alberta and the two largest cities to provide stable, predictable funding.
  • Updated the Municipal Government Act to help Albertans have access to safe and affordable housing by giving municipalities the option to reserve a portion of a new development for affordable housing.
  • Empowered municipalities to charge off-site levies on developers to build the firehalls, rec centres, police stations, and libraries that communities need.
  • Increased municipal accountability by expanding the mandate of the Alberta Ombudsman to include the investigation of complaints about municipal actions or decisions.
  • Encouraged Alberta municipalities to work with neighbouring communities and First Nations to make sure that services can be delivered efficiently.
  • Implemented home builder licencing to help consumers distinguish good builders from bad.
  • Invested $10 million in local flood resilience programs and equipment.
  • Improved 911 standards to deliver consistent service in all communities across the province.
  • Contributed $2 million toward the rebuilding of the Stanley Milner Library in Edmonton.
  • Created Legacy Regional Park, preserving 73 acres for recreational use in Lethbridge.

Seniors and Housing

Seniors built our province and they deserve to know that their pensions will be protected, their housing will be maintained, and their communities will be safe for them. Only Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters to seniors. She’s ensuring seniors have the community supports they deserve, like the Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program, so they can better age in their community close to family and friends. She protected and strengthened Alberta seniors’ benefits and established the seniors advocate. Seniors also deserve a safe and affordable place to call home ­‑ that’s why Rachel’s invested in new homes and lodges for seniors and lower income folks all across the province.

Key Accomplishments

  • Announced Alberta's first housing strategy, investing $1.2 billion over five years to build 4,100 units of affordable housing.
  • Started a loan program for seniors to make home renovations, allowing them to stay in their homes longer.
  • Created and funded the Aging Well program, supporting initiatives to keep seniors in their homes and engaged in their communities.
  • Announced the building of 85 units of seniors housing in the Crowsnest Pass.
  • Committed to constructing 240 units of affordable housing in the Edmonton community of Londonderry.

Service Alberta and Consumer Protection

Rachel Notley is fighting to strengthen consumer protections and support a level playing field for businesses. Rachel believes ordinary Albertans should be protected when they make a purchase – and businesses should not be undermined by bad actors who don’t play by the rules. That’s why she took decisive action to ban practices like door-to-door sales of energy products and ended predatory “pay day” lending. Her landmark “Better Deal for Consumers and Businesses” legislation also protects Albertans when buying or repairing a car, buying concert tickets, taking out a loan or getting medical care for their pets. Albertans can trust Rachel Notley to continue fighting for consumers.

Key Accomplishments

  • Added “x” as a gender option on official documents like drivers’ licences for Albertans who do not identify as solely male or female.
  • Removed barriers for refugees to get drivers’ licences - so they can find work easier, and settle into Alberta life more quickly.
  • Introduced truth in advertising rules for the auto industry, mandating that consumers must be told the full history of the vehicle they are purchasing. These are rules Jason Kenney has promised to scrap in exchange for political donations from used car dealers.
  • Implemented a ban on door-to-door energy sales.
  • Introduced new rules to protect people buying condominiums, ensuring that buyers have full knowledge of condo fees and allowing government to investigate and issue fines when developers break the rules.
  • Banned ticket scalping bots that buy up event tickets before consumers get a chance to buy them.
  • Redesigned drivers’ licences to make them more secure, cut down on fraud and identity theft.

Status of Women

Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters to women in Alberta. She created the first standalone Status of Women ministry in Canada and, from appointing Alberta’s first gender-balanced cabinet to ending the Conservative old boys club in Alberta’s public service, Rachel’s ensuring that women are at the front of every decision she makes. She’s invested in affordable childcare, she’s working to end violence against women, she’s increased the minimum wage, and she stood up to conservative attacks on a woman’s right to choose. While Kenney wants to turn back the clock, Rachel is going to keep fighting to make life better for women in Alberta.

Key Accomplishments

  • Appointed Alberta’s first gender-balanced Cabinet.
  • Created a Ministry for the Status of Women.
  • Proclaimed May to be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.”
  • Passed legislation to allow Albertans suffering from domestic violence to break a lease and flee their homes. This helped over 400 people in the first year after it was passed.
  • Introduced grant programs to support women’s organizations across Alberta.
  • Invested more than $1.5 million in community projects that boost women’s safety, women’s economic security, and leadership opportunities.
  • Established gender parity on government agencies, boards and commissions.
  • Launched the Ready for Her campaign to encourage more women to get involved in politics and run for office.

Transportation

Rachel Notley is fighting for what matters by investing in roads, bridges, and transit because Albertans deserve to spend less time commuting and more time with our families. Through the toughest recession in decades, Rachel made historic investments in infrastructure that repaired and built our key transportation networks and created good jobs at a time when they were greatlyneeded.

Rachel knows that a good transportation network is essential to a strong economy. Her decision to invest in roads and bridges ensures the safe travel of Albertans and our loved ones, creates jobs and diversifies our economy, and makes sure that trade, business, and economic activity continues to flow safely and efficiently throughout Alberta.

Key Accomplishments

  • Funded the construction of the southwest Calgary Ring Road, and announced the construction of the West Ring Road, so that Calgary will have a complete ring road by 2022.
  • Announced tens of millions in funding for green transportation projects in Edmonton and Calgary
  • Announced plans to expand traffic capacity on the southwest portion of the Anthony Henday Drive.
  • Joined other provinces in recognizing military drivers’ credentials so members of the forces don’t have to be re-tested for a commercial licence.
  • Funded the completion of Calgary’s Airport Trail in the city’s northwest quadrant.
  • Created a pilot project for rural bus service in southern Alberta, filling routes left when Greyhound cancelled service.
  • Upgraded training and licencing of truck drivers to improve highway safety.
  • Brought driver testing in-house to improve safety and accountability.
  • Committed to building a new bridge from Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan.
  • Committed to a new park-and-ride facility in St. Albert.
  • Committed to building the Peace River Bridge
  • Built the Gaetz Avenue Interchange on Highway 2