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Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat

May 18, 2007 — B.C.-Alberta Joint Cabinet Meeting

Alberta and B.C. Sign Agreements to Forge Closer Bonds

Alberta and British Columbia signed four agreements today, including Memorandums of Understanding to share emergency response resources and to develop new ways to ensure the best value for taxpayer dollars through public-private partnerships, announced Premiers Ed Stelmach and Gordon Campbell at the fifth annual Alberta-B.C. joint Cabinet meeting.

"Today's signings mark yet another successful joint Cabinet meeting with Premier Campbell and his Cabinet that will improve services and economic opportunities for citizens in both provinces," said Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. "Under the MOU on Capital Program Development, Alberta will be able to address infrastructure needs better, quicker and more cost effectively. The agreement will allow us to work with B.C. to co-ordinate the financing and procurement process for projects. It will increase competition and opportunities for companies and reduce costs for taxpayers."

"In the five years since we have held joint Cabinet meetings, B.C. and Alberta have now signed 24 agreements and I want to thank Premier Stelmach and his Cabinet for working with us to make our relationship even stronger," said B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell. "Our partnerships have helped our provinces lead the country in economic growth, have provided better services for citizens and will now enhance the protection of the public with an agreement to share emergency management resources."

Interprovincial Emergency Management Assistance (MOU)

B.C. and Alberta have formally agreed to share emergency resources and information to assist each other if a major emergency overwhelms the resources of either province. The MOU on Interprovincial Emergency Management Assistance outlines a framework for both provinces to take a collaborative planning approach to managing emergencies. The provinces agree to share information such as situation reports, risk assessments and impact analysis as well as public communications. The MOU also provides for sharing resources to ensure a prompt and effective response to emergencies.

Radiation Therapy (MOU)

Through this MOU, B.C. and Alberta will develop a joint plan to make radiation therapy more accessible in high-demand periods. The provinces will work together with cancer boards and agencies, regional health authorities and other health system providers to develop an interprovincial approach for radiation therapy that will improve efficiencies and access to radiation therapy. Alberta and British Columbia already collaborate to provide cancer services for residents of north and southeastern B.C., and north and southwestern Alberta. This MOU will enable the expansion of that collaboration in a way that will result in even more timely and efficient access for patients. The provinces will report back in April 2008.

Capital Program Development (MOU)

The agreement enables the two provinces to co-ordinate public-private financing and procurement for capital projects by sharing information. British Columbia and Alberta are among North America's fastest-growing regions, and public-private partnerships have proven themselves as an important tool that can help meet infrastructure needs and demands from a growing population. P3s can help deliver more and better infrastructure, in a timely manner and at a fixed cost, thereby ensuring the best value for taxpayers' dollars.

Procurement Framework for Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals (MOU)

This MOU will allow Alberta and British Columbia to explore opportunities for joint savings for the procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. As well, the provinces will explore the development of a test case for a joint tender process, including publicly funded blood glucose test strips and work on distribution systems and processes. The provinces will also work to develop a collaborative approach for vaccines purchase, their distribution systems and processes.

Credit Transfer Protocol

The governments of Alberta and B.C. also expressed support for the transfer protocol to ensure students will receive academic credit for their successfully completed courses when transferring to equivalent programs at Alberta and British Columbia institutions.

Update on the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement

Under the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), joint professional credential requirements have been successfully negotiated for five professions (acupuncturists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, and water and waste water operators) so these professionals can work in either province without taking extra steps to have their credentials recognized. Work is well underway to reconcile the nearly 250 identified occupations over the next two years that do not currently enjoy full labour mobility between British Columbia and Alberta.