Alberta Health will complete the draft regulations for the new college and initiate a consultation process with all stakeholders this spring. Stakeholders may include practitioner associations, educational institutions, other colleges within the Health Professions Act, and employers. Stakeholders will be provided with the draft regulations, as well as the proposed Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, and asked for feedback. Alberta Health will work with ACTA to make any necessary changes to these documents based on the feedback received.
The final draft of the regulations will go to Cabinet for approval. Upon approval, Cabinet will also set a Proclamation date for the opening of the Alberta College of Counselling Therapy.
The timelines for these processes are uncertain. We hope that the consultation is concluded this spring, so the regulations may go to Cabinet in the fall. However, this is dependent upon the priorities of the government at that time. It is possible that they may choose to delay consideration of the regulations until spring 2020. This means that the opening date of the college is also uncertain, but likely to occur sometime between fall 2019 and fall 2020.