Provincial News in brief

compiled by Stephen Dafoe

Nurse practitioners can now complete driver medical examination forms

Effective July 1, Nurse practitioners are now authorized to complete driver medical examination forms. Before the UCP government’s change, only physicians could complete driver medical examination forms, required at specified intervals for drivers age 75 or older, commercial drivers, and those with certain medical conditions.

The government says it will engage with other health-care professional regulatory colleges to determine if other health-care providers are also qualified to conduct driver medical examinations. 

Parents can now register newborn’s birth info online

Alberta parents can now go online to register their newborn’s birth information and to order birth certificates. Parents can also apply for both the Canada Child Benefit and their child’s social insurance number from the Government of Canada while they register birth information with the province of Alberta. The total cost to order a birth certificate online is $40 and can be done so at

Province doubles outdoor gathering size 

The government has increased the outdoor gathering limit from 100 to 200 people for attendees at outdoor community events, including festivals, fireworks displays, rodeos and sporting events, and outdoor performances.

However, all public health measures, including physical distancing, remain in place, and seated outdoor events will still require the necessary space between families and cohorts within stadium-style seating.

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