Issue

The Government of Alberta regulates the Alberta Registry Agents’ (ARAs) Regulation by capping the fee amounts for most of the services they provide. In addition, Registry Agents are eager to develop a modernization plan to enhance services, including online registry services to Albertans in conjunction with Service Alberta and other stakeholders.

Background

In order for the registry agent network to position itself to serve the diverse needs of all Albertans, a model that offers financial stability with long-term assurance of sustainability is essential. No service charge model is in place for the registries similar to other regulated industries such as the bottle recycling industry. A static capped fee restricts registry agents from keeping pace with natural operational increases and limits the amount of capital that can be reinvested into businesses in order to expand and modernize their delivery models in a variety of settings.

A combination of rural, urban, online, and in-person delivery models offered by Registry Agents are needed to provide Albertans services for over 200 products on behalf of five government departments. In order to ensure that registry agents are equipped and can work effectively and efficiently, support of the government is crucial. A viable business model needs to be developed to guarantee the levels of service and access is not only maintained but also expanded to reflect the dynamic nature of the industry. Additionally, the Government of Alberta is still in direct competition with Registry Agents for some online services, like traffic fines

Our Recommendations

  1. Support the modernization of the Registry Agent Industry;
  2. Expand existing online services available to Albertans through Registry Agents; and
  3. Ensure the long-term sustainability of rural Registry Agents, including a fair and equitable service charge model.
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Topic
Year

2020

Contact

If you have any questions, contact Dana Severson at dseverson@abchamber.ca or (780) 425-4180 ext. 2.