Acts and Legislation
Below is a brief description of each Act administered by Service Alberta and links to the text version of the Acts and Regulations. Copies of Alberta Acts, Regulations and government publications can be ordered from the Queen's Printer Bookstore.
Designed to prevent non-Canadians from buying significant amounts of prime agricultural and recreational land. However, the Act does not discourage non-Canadian investors who wish to come to Alberta to invest in or to build new manufacturing plants, processing operations, recreational developments or home subdivisions, or to expand existing developments.
Foreign Ownership of Land Regulations - AR 160/79
Provides a mechanism for individuals and businesses who perform work on, or supply material for the improvement of real property to file a lien against such property in order to collect accounts that are due and owing.
Builders' Lien Forms Regulation - AR 51/2002
Provides a mechanism for businesses to incorporate, change a corporate name, file amendments to its articles, amalgamate, dissolve, file annual returns, and list directors and shareholders of a company.
Business Corporations Regulation - AR 118/2000
Regulates the disposition of human remains; ensures cemeteries meet requirements of local authorities, and protects consumers who invest in pre-need cemetery supplies and services, and ensures there are perpetual care funds for long-term care of commercial cemeteries.
Provides authority for seven or more people to form a company for the purpose of establishing one or more public cemeteries as well as establishing the method of forming a cemetery company and the operating rules. This Act only exists to govern existing cemetery companies. Establishment of new cemeteries is now governed by the Cemeteries Act, which restricts the establishment of new cemeteries to religious organizations and municipalities.
Cemetery Companies Regulation - AR 264/99
Sets standards for charitable organizations and professional fund-raisers when soliciting contributions and helps protect the public from fraudulent, misleading or confusing solicitations. Ensures that members of the public have sufficient information to make informed decisions when making charitable donations.
Charitable Fund-raising Regulation - AR 108/2000
Allows companies with objectives other than the acquisition of gain to incorporate.
Companies Regulation - AR 119/2000
Provides the legislative framework for the creation and operation of any form of condominium, including residential and commercial. This Act applies to anyone who develops, owns, or manages condominium property.
Condominium Property Regulation - AR 168/2000
Repeals and replaces the Co-operative Associations Act to meet the needs of the cooperative sector in general, provide for specialized cooperatives, including new generation cooperatives, and harmonize Alberta’s legislation with federal and provincial cooperatives legislation.
Cooperatives Regulation - AR 55/2002
Establishes a Debtors' Assistance Board with powers to provide service, advice and non-financial assistance to debtors who are unable to meet their liabilities.
Debtors' Assistance Regulation - AR 200/2001
Grants a married person rights with respect to the disposition of the homestead. This includes the right of the surviving spouse to a life estate in the homestead as well as the personal property of the deceased married person.
Forms Regulation - AR 39/2000
Removes barriers to electronic commerce by ensuring that electronic records and transactions have the same validity and enforceability as traditional paper-based transactions.
Electronic Transactions Act Designation Regulation - AR 35/2003
Electronic Transactions Act General Regulation - AR 34/2003
Enhances consumer protection through remedies, enforcement tools, and tougher penalties intended to discourage unfair practices in the marketplace. The Act simplifies procedures for business, providing clearer standards to ensure a more level playing field.
Administrative Penalties Regulation - AR 135/2013
Appeal Board Regulation - AR 195/99
Automotive Business Regulation - AR 192/99
Collection and Debt Repayment Practices Regulation - AR 194/99
Consumer Transaction Cancellation and Recovery Notice Regulation - AR 287/2006
Cost of Credit Disclosure Regulation - AR 198/99
Credit and Personal Reports Regulation - AR 193/99
Designation of Trades and Businesses Regulation - AR 178/99
Direct Sales Cancellation and Exemption Regulation - AR 191/99
Direct Selling Business Licensing Regulation - AR 190/99
Employment Agency Business Licensing Regulation - AR 45/2012
Energy Marketing and Residential Heat Sub-metering Regulation - AR 246/2005
Exemption Regulation - AR 188/99
General Licensing and Security Regulation - AR 187/99
Gift Card Regulation - AR 146/08
Home Inspection Business Regulation – AR 75/2011
Internet Sales Contract Regulation - AR 81/2001
Payday Loans Regulation - AR 157/2009
Prepaid Contracting Business Licensing Regulation - AR 185/99
Public Auctions Regulation - AR 196/99
Retail Home Sales Business Licensing Regulation - AR 197/99
Time Share and Points-based Contracts and Business Regulation - AR 105/2010
Travel Clubs Regulation - AR 56/2002
Governs the trading of franchises in Alberta ensuring that a prospective purchaser has the necessary information to make an informed investment decision and the civil remedies to deal with breaches of the Act. Provides a means by which franchisors and franchisees will be able to govern themselves and promote fair dealing among themselves.
Sets out the parameters for obtaining access to records of public bodies, including exceptions to disclosure, third party intervention rights, and protection of public health and safety. Also sets out the parameters for the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information and defines the powers of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the process for handling complaints.
Regulates the activities of the funeral industry and allows for the creation of the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board to administer the Act.
Allows a garage keeper to register in the Personal Property Registry a lien against an owner's vehicle to enforce an unpaid debt for repairs, parts, or storage.
Garage Keepers' Form Regulation - AR 259/2002
Provides the legal authority for Crown property and provides the Minister the authority to sell or otherwise dispose of any improvements that are severed or severable from land held by the Crown and under the Minister’s administration.
Provides the Minister the authority to approve the ordering method for departments to purchase supplies and develop and implement policies, services and administration procedures in matters pertaining to the disposition of surplus supplies. Also, provides that the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations respecting management of departmental records, the establishment of programs for any matter involving the management of records, and defining and classifying records.
Establishes a division of the government known as Alberta Registries and sets out the statutory functions of that division.
Corporate Registry Document Handling Procedures Regulation - AR 10/2002
Identification Card Regulation - AR 221/2003
Registry Service Charges Regulation - AR 183/2005
Registry Services (Non-Payment of Fees) Regulation - AR 28/98
Personal Property Registry Accreditation and Document Handling Regulation - AR 235/2007
Provides the Minister with authority to develop and implement policies, programs, services and administration procedures in matters pertaining to consumer protection.
Establishes the Office of the Utilities Consumer Advocate as part of the department to represent the interests of Albertans relating to electricity and natural gas before the Alberta Utilities Commission and other bodies. It also informs and educates consumers about electricity and natural gas issues.
Details the mechanism for, and legal effects of registration of land-related documents and establishes priorities between them. The Government guarantees the title and compensates people who have been deprived of an interest in land (e.g. by error of the Registrar or fraud).
Provides legal principles in regard to property rights which are the subject of instruments such as contracts, conveyances, and mortgages.
Law of Property Regulation - AR 89/2004
Provides the legal authority to perform marriages (both religious and civil) as well as the legal requirements for the issuance of marriage licenses and certificates.
Marriage Act Regulation - AR 162/2000
Deals with landlord and tenant issues relating to mobile home sites in Alberta, setting minimum standards of conduct for both landlords and tenants.
Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Ministerial Regulation - AR 54/96
Security Deposit Interest Rate Regulation - AR 190/2004
Provides that the owner of every motor vehicle shall in each year pay a fee in respect to that motor vehicle in the amount prescribed by regulation before the vehicle can be registered.
Provides legal authority for persons to associate in partnerships, and provides rules governing their activities. It also provides for the filing of trade names.
Partnership Regulation - AR 105/2009
Establishes clear, concise rules governing private sector organizations when collecting, using and disclosing personal information.
Personal Information Protection Act Regulation - AR 366/2003
Provides the legal mechanism for all registrations and searches in the Personal Property Registry including registrations authorized under other Acts. It also regulates the relationship between secured parties and debtors when personal property is used as collateral to secure payment of a debt or performance of an obligation.
Provides the legal authority for a person to have a lien for the payment of a debt on a chattel on which the person has expended money, labour, or skill; the keeper of a wharf to have a lien on a chattel entrusted to their keeping; and a bailee to have a lien where a chattel that has been bailed to the bailee by the owner for any charges that are due to the bailee under the terms of a contract.
Enabling legislation that authorizes the publication of the Alberta Gazette to provide notice of proclamations; Orders-in-Council; official notices; and advertisements and documents relating to matters within control of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The Queen’s Printer prints and publishes the Statutes of Alberta and appoints a Queen’s Printer for the Province of Alberta.
Queen's Printer Regulations - AR 44/70
Provides for the creation of a Real Estate Council to set and enforce standards of conduct.
Establishes a mechanism by which a religious society or congregation may hold land. It also ensures dealings with the land held by a religious society are done in accordance with the wishes of the congregation or religious society.
Religious Societies' Land Regulation - AR 169/2000
Residential Tenancies Act c.R-17.1 October 2004
Provides a framework for landlord and tenant relations in Alberta, setting minimum standards of conduct for both landlords and tenants.
Residential Tenancies Exemption Regulation - AR 189/2004
Residential Tenancies Ministerial Regulation - AR 211/2004
Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service Regulation - AR 98/2006
Security Deposit Interest Rate Regulation - AR 190/2004
Subsidized Public Housing Regulation - AR 191/2004
Provides legal authority for a society to incorporate for a non-profit purpose and file by-laws for governance of the society.
Societies Regulation - AR 122/2000
Coordinates the establishment and maintenance of a land-related information system network, a mapping system, and a cartographic service.
Providing rules for the registration and operation of motor vehicles, as well as other matters, this Act came into force in May, 2003, replacing the Highway Traffic Act, Motor Vehicle Administration Act, Motor Transport Act and Off-Highway Vehicle Act. It is a consolidated approach to road safety providing clarity for all road users.
Vehicle Seizure & Removal Regulation - AR 251/2006
Provides for the legal registration of all Alberta births, stillbirths, deaths, marriages, adoptions, and change of name. Also provides for alterations and corrections to the records, issuance of burial permits, certificates, copies, searches of records and compilation of a statistical report.
Vital Statistics Information Regulation - AR 3/2012
Vital Statistics Ministerial Regulation - AR12/2012
Establishes a mechanism for any person lawfully engaged in the business of storing goods as a bailee-for-hire to claim a lien against those goods for non-payment of fees for services.
Gives a person who has provided labour or service in relation to logs or timber in Alberta a lien for the amount of any unpaid wages, subject to certain limitations.
Forms Regulation - AR 266/99