Alberta Health Act

Alberta's new health legislation

The new Alberta Health Act came into force on January 1, 2014. The Act sets out Alberta’s commitment to the principles of the Canada Health Act. The Act also calls for the adoption of a Health Charter and the establishment of a Health Advocate.

Health Advocate appointed

Ms. Deborah Prowse was appointed as the permanent Health Advocate as of July 1, 2014. Previously, Ms. Mary Marshall had served as the interim Health Advocate for a six month term beginning January 1, 2014.

Office of the Alberta Health Advocates opened

The Office of the Alberta Health Advocates opened on April 1, 2014.

Health Charter and Advocate – public feedback

Albertans and stakeholders were invited to submit their comments on the draft Health Charter and the proposed Health Advocate regulation. The comment period was from January 30 to March 3, 2014, during which time the Government of Alberta received a significant amount of feedback. The government is now taking time to thoroughly consider all of the submissions received and to identify changes that may be needed. All of the feedback received is available online.

Health Act history – Putting People First

The Alberta Health Act came out of a consultation report developed in 2010. During the consultation, Albertans provided submissions and answered questions related to issues including principles and a patient charter. On October 20, 2010, the Alberta government accepted all 15 recommendations contained in the Putting People First consultation report and introduced the proposed Act during the 2010 fall sitting of the Alberta Legislature.