Written by David L. Sevalrud, ICD.D.
In 2019, the Alberta government passed the Red Tape Reduction Act with the stated goals of reducing red tape in the Province by one-third, reducing the costs and regulatory burden on Alberta businesses, and making it easier for Albertans to access government programs and services.
The provincial government subsequently passed Bill 25 related to the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act (the "Act") in 2019. Amendments introduced by Bill 25 came into force upon receiving royal assent on December 5, 2019, and included amendments to 11 pieces of provincial legislation to reduce red tape, streamline overburdened processes and eliminate outdated rules in the Province. Bill 48, the second bill related to the Act, was passed in 2020, and will amend 12 pieces of provincial legislation. Bill 48 received royal assent on December 5, 2019 and will come into force on June 2, 2021.
Bill 22 related to the Act received royal assent on July 23, 2020. Some of the red tape reduction (“RTR”) amendments from the Act under Bill 22 are expected to be proclaimed into force on March 29, 2021, and will affect certain registrations under the Alberta Business Corporations Act, Companies Act, and the Partnership Act.
Updates to the Alberta Corporate Registry System
Updates are currently scheduled for CORES (Alberta Corporate Registries System) on Sunday, March 28, 2021. CORES will not be available to service providers on March 28, and changes to CORES will be implemented once the system updates are completed.
The following changes will be effective after the CORES update is completed on March 28, 2021:
- Residency requirements for Boards of Directors: There will be no residency requirements for boards of directors for Alberta corporations and Alberta non-profit companies.
- Agent for service requirements: A new requirement for “agent for service” for Alberta corporations and Alberta non-profit companies takes effect for all incorporations, amalgamations, continuances into Alberta, and revivals/restorations that occur on or after the proclamation date. An agent for service must be an individual located in Alberta with a physical/mailing address for service within Alberta.
- Failure to appoint a new agent for service upon the resignation or revocation of a previous agent’s appointment will result in the eventual dissolution of a corporation or company.
- Existing Alberta corporations and non-profit companies will have one year after proclamation to appoint an agent for service.
- Attorney for service requirements: The current “attorney for service” requirements for extra-provincial profit and non-profit corporations will be changed to “agent for service” requirements, with the same Alberta individual and address requirements to apply.
- Failure to appoint an agent for service will result in the eventual cancellation of an extra-provincial registration.
- Accredited persons:
- All CORES service request in progress (“WIP”) transactions started by accredited persons will be deleted before the planned system changes are implemented on March 28. Accredited persons must complete all WIP transactions before March 28, 2021, or be required to complete a new transaction to replace the deleted WIP after March 28, 2021.
More information regarding the planned amendments to CORES can be found here.
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*This update is intended for general information only on the subject matter and is not to be taken as legal advice.
 Red Tape Reduction Act, SA 2019, c R-8.2.
 The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020, SA 2020, c 25.
 Bill 25, the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2019.
 Bill 48, the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 (No. 2).
 Bill 22, the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020, SA 2020, c 25.
 Business Corporations Act, RSA 2000, c B-9.
 Companies Act, RSA 2000, c C-21.
[8 ]Partnership Act, RSA 2000, c P-3.