Public lands are owned and managed by the Government of Alberta on behalf of all Albertans. Consequently, it is important that Albertans are made aware of land
exchanges, and have the opportunity to provide input on proposed exchanges and the net benefits they offer the province.
The Land Exchange process uses the following framework to keep Albertans informed and to gather views from the public. This framework helps ensure there is transparency
and accountability in the land exchange application and decision-making process.
It is important to note that this framework does not direct or influence First Nations consultation requirements. Those requirements are subject to Alberta's
First Nations Consultation Policy on Land Management and Resource Development.
For complex land exchange applications, a summary of the proposed exchange is published on the Public Consultation and Notification webpage. At that time, the
proposed land exchange is open to public comment for a period of 45 calendar days.
During the comment period, members of the public can submit their views through a number of methods: online, by email or through regular mail.
In certain cases, the department may determine that a proposed land exchange is of such complexity that it should be opened to further public
consultation. This may include a longer comment period, or the use of additional mechanisms to gather public input (e.g., workshops,
community meetings, etc.) These decisions are at the sole discretion of the Government of Alberta.
After the comment period has passed, the proposed land exchange is closed to consultation. Members of the public can continue to access
information about the proposed land exchange online, while the government evaluates the application and reviews any input received.
Input received through the consultation process is summarized in a "What We Heard" document, which is later posted to the Public
Consultation and Notification webpage.
Informing Albertans about Land Exchanges
Once the government makes a decision on a complex land exchange application, the decision is posted to the Public Consultation
and Notification webpage. The webpage will also be updated to inform Albertans about next steps.
Albertans are notified about all routine land exchanges through the Public Consultation and Notification webpage. These notifications
provide summarized information about land exchanges that have been approved, including the lands involved.