WHEREAS since 2015, Alberta’s government ministries have undergone 45 organizational modifications resulting in ministry name changes; and
WHEREAS modifications are due to the addition or removal of portfolios or the creation of new ministries; and
WHEREAS the Government of Alberta’s new Cabinet, announced in October 2022, included name changes to nine existing ministries and the creation of six new ministries; and
WHEREAS in June 2023, seven more ministry name changes occurred, with five ministries having their names altered within eight months of their last modification; and
WHEREAS the Government of Alberta does not report on the costs of organizational changes or the impacts of such changes on employees or public understanding of government; and
WHEREAS research indicates that rebranding can consume 4-10% of a public sector organization’s budget;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) advocate that the Government of Alberta (GOA) report on the cost of organizational adjustments such as portfolio shuffles and ministry name changes; and
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the RMA advocate for the GOA to minimize organizational modifications as much as possible.
A summary of key ministry changes in recent years is outlined below.
Jobs, Economy & Trade:
Arts, Culture & the Status of Women:
Immigration & Multiculturalism:
Tourism & Sport:
Forestry & Parks:
RMA has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.