Family-friendly Resources

Questions of work-life balance affect many Albertans; those who choose to run for public office face unique challenges as they fulfill their roles as MLAs and as parents of growing families. This online guide highlights the resources available to Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and their families.

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The Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services Subcommittee

on Family-Friendly Workplace Practices and Policies made a number of recommendations to the Legislative Assembly, one of which was the development of a resource guide outlining the amenities and resources available to Members who are expecting or who are new parents.
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Elected officials typically do not have a traditional eight-hour workday.

Members are required to be present when the Assembly is sitting. The Legislative Assembly of Alberta comprises Members from across Alberta who represent the 87 constituencies throughout the province and reside in Edmonton when the Assembly is sitting. The partners and children of those Members often relocate or visit during this time.
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The Legislative Assembly Office (LAO)

modernized the Alberta Legislature during the 29th Legislature to make the facility more family-friendly and to recognize the challenges facing Members who are also parents.

Once elected, the LAO provides orientation sessions for new Members and their partners to help prepare them and their families for life as (or with) an elected official. The parliamentary environment is like no other and the demands placed on elected representatives and their families are atypical in comparison to many other types of employment.

The Learn section provides an overview of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta including background about the parliamentary system and insight into the roles and responsibilities of Members. New Members and their families may find this a helpful resource in preparing for their roles.

On-site Resources

Access

Security protocols are in place to ensure the safety of all people at the Alberta Legislature and the Edmonton Federal Building. Both sites are open to the public; although the offices and underground parkades remain secure spaces that require MLAs, staff and visitors to adhere to certain safety protocols for access. These MLAs are issued Security Access Cards to allow for appropriate access. The partners of MLAs and/or caregivers to dependent infants of MLAs may be issued Security Access Cards subject to certain conditions. Please note that Security Access Cards remain the property of the Legislative Assembly Office and are not transferable. Members with questions about access can contact the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms for further details at 780.422.9259.

Family-friendly Amenities

The Alberta Legislature and the Edmonton Federal Building sites include amenities such as family-friendly washrooms with change tables to make the facilities more welcoming and comfortable to all families. The Legislature Building cafeteria also has high chairs available for those who require.

A room located just off of the Legislature Chamber has been designated as a quiet room that provides a private and comfortable space for Members to care for children. In addition, the Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta were amended during the 29th Legislature to explicitly permit Members to bring their infants on to the floor of the Chamber. Please reference SO 14(1) for details.

Safety Protocols Regarding COVID-19

Additional online Resources for New Parents

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Alberta Health Services provide helpful information

on everything from breastfeeding to early childhood development. Please reference Alberta Health Services and Healthy Parents Healthy Children.

The Government of Alberta Child Care Lookup helps parents find licensed childcare programs and contracted family day home agencies.

Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions

Changes to a Members’ plan following subsequent dependents will have to wait until Choice time each July.