Engaging with Albertans

Alberta’s government has established an independent panel of Albertans to speak with the public and get input on the possibility of moving forward with an Alberta Pension Plan.

Jasper Alberta landscape pine tree in foreground and mountains in the background

Share your thoughts, concerns, suggestions & questions

The telephone town hall sessions have wrapped up, but your input remains vital. Now, you can share your thoughts through our new workbook, accessible for online completion or hard copy for printing. Additionally, catch up on past sessions by listening to the recordings below. Your contribution is valued, and we appreciate your ongoing engagement.

The engagement panel will be hosting engagement sessions starting in October 2023. Depending on what the panel hears from Albertans and recommends to Alberta's government, a referendum may be planned.

The website will be updated as engagement events are launched.

How to complete the workbook.

The workbook contains different sections that correspond to different topics related to the potential creation of an Alberta Pension Plan (APP).  Each section has background information and a series of questions for you to consider in your input. Follow the provided steps to participate and submit your insights to the panel by August 28, 2024.

Step 1: Get the workbook

Choose your preferred method to complete the workbook.

  • Online: complete the fillable PDF form.
  • Hard copy: Print the workbook and complete a hard copy for submission.

Step 2: Complete the workbook

Please provide clear and specific information. This makes your responses easier to understand and action.

  • Provide your input online by clicking on a specific tab, or section, and filling out the provided forms. These forms might include written responses, checkboxes, or rating scales.
  • Or simply write your response clearly on your hard copy print out.

Step 3: review and sumbit

Before finalizing your entry, please review it for accuracy. Make edits as needed to ensure your feedback is clear. Deadline for submissions is August 28, 2024.

Online submission:
  • You'll be able to save the filled form using the PDF viewer's "Save" or "Download" or “Share” option to save the file to your device with your information.
  • Submit completed workbooks at the link below.
Hard Copy submission:
  • Scan your printed copy and upload it to the link above.
  • Drop off a copy at any MLA office. Locations can be found here.
  • Mail your workbook to:
    Alberta Pension Plan Engagement Panel
    C/O Communications and Public Engagement
    PO Box 1302
    Station Main
    Edmonton, AB T5J 2M8

Next Steps

After listening to Albertans and gathering feedback, our panel will submit a report to the Government of Alberta to ensure your feedback and opinions are shared. Once our report is submitted, government will review and advise on next steps. Thank you for taking the time to participate in this important discussion for our province. We value your feedback.

Engagement Session recordings

Participants from all over Alberta were invited to engage with our panel in Telephone town halls. Listen to those past recordings.

Northern Alberta Telephone Town Hall
Oct 16, 2023

Southern Alberta Telephone Town Hall
Oct 24, 2023

Calgary Telephone Town Hall
Nov 9, 2023

Includes surrounding communities

Edmonton Telephone Town Hall
Nov 16, 2023

Includes surrounding communities

Central Alberta Telephone Town Hall
Nov 22, 2023

Meet the
Engagement Panel

An engagement panel will speak to Albertans about the report and get their feedback on the possibility of moving forward with an Alberta Pension Plan.

Honourable Jim Dinning, ECA

Honourable Jim Dinning, ECA

Panel Chair

Mr. Dinning served as Provincial Treasurer from 1992-1997, where he set the groundwork for balanced budgets and eliminating Alberta’s debt. He has been a director of many corporate and non-profit boards and was executive vice-president at TransAlta Corporation. He’s a Member of the Order of Canada, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary, and Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mary C. Ritchie

Mary C. Ritchie

Panel Member

Ms. Ritchie, FCPA, FCA is a senior Corporate Director with a record in oversight and management of complex financial affairs. Over the past 30 years, Ms. Ritchie has served as Audit Committee Chair for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and for many public companies. Ms. Ritchie has served multiple corporate boards, many with US and international investments and operations.

Moin A. Yahya

Moin A. Yahya

Panel Member

Mr. Yahya, J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, where he was Vice Dean from 2014-2019. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto and a J.D. (Summa Cum Laude) from the Antonin Scalia Law School (George Mason University). Mr. Yahya was also one of the members of the Fair Deal Panel.

Engagement Panel Mandate

The engagement panel will discuss the LifeWorks report and its implications for Alberta. The panel will take feedback from Albertans on the implications, opportunities, and challenges of establishing an Alberta Pension Plan, and will submit a “What We Heard” document to inform the Alberta government’s next steps by May 2024.

The panel’s mandate includes:

  1. Review expert analyses and advice prepared to date regarding a potential APP;
  2. Inform Albertans on the findings of the LifeWorks report and the short- and long-term implications of withdrawing from the CPP and establishing an APP;
  3. Provide all Albertans an opportunity to give input through a variety of mediums for direct feedback;
  4. Listen to Albertans’ thoughts, concerns, suggestions, and questions regarding a potential APP; and
  5. Informed by its engagement with Albertans, make recommendations for the Alberta government’s consideration on topics of importance to Albertans when considering an APP. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    - Maintain or increase benefits and/or maintain or reduce contribution rates in the APP; and
    - Operational elements (e.g., investment management of the APP fund, day-to-day plan administration, contribution remittance collection, and other relevant topics).

Albertans will decide if we change plans

We are here
2020 – June
Fair Deal Panel
Recommendation made to the Province by the Fair Deal Panel to develop a comprehensive plan to create an Alberta Pension Plan (APP).
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Report Development
LifeWorks, a national consultants firm recognized as a leader in actuarial and benefit analyses in Canada since 1966, is contracted to develop a report on an APP.
We are here
2023 – Sept
Report Released
The full APP report has now been shared with Albertans, who can provide input through the engagement panel’s public engagement sessions and online survey.
View Full Report
We are here
2024 – May
Panel Report Due
Feedback and recommendations from the engagement panelists will be shared with Alberta’s government.
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Possible Referendum
If a referendum were held, Albertans would vote on whether or not to change from the CPP to an APP.