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South Saskatchewan Region



Status: South Saskatchewan Regional Plan was approved and became effective September 2014. Implementation and consultation on an amendment are underway.





SSRP Regional Planning



Status: Planning completed


The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan was approved by Cabinet on July 23, 2014, and became effective on September 1, 2014 following consultation and engagement with all Albertans.





SSRP Regional Advisory Council



Status: Advice Provided  


In February 2011, South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council (RAC) provided their Advice to Government (2011). The SSRP RAC recommended that a regional plan for southern Alberta focus on water supply, economic development and conservation needs. The Council's mandate is now fulfilled.


SSRP Consultation 


Status: Consultations Completed


Summaries of Phase 1, 2 and 3 consultation sessions as well as completed workbooks are now available. Go to SSRP Consultation to discover how Albertans contributed to South Saskatchewan's regional plan.




SSRP Outcomes  


Status: Plan Approved


The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is a strong, comprehensive and long-term vision for a busy and growing southern Alberta.




The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan


The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) was approved on July 23, 2014, and became effective on September 1, 2014.


The SSRP establishes a long-term vision for the South Saskatchewan Region and aligns provincial policies at the regional level to balance Alberta's economic, environmental and social goals. The regional plan also includes strategies for responsible energy development, sustainable farming and ranching, forest management, and nature-based tourism.


This regional plan makes a clear statement about our long-term commitment to conservation, protection of watersheds, sustaining biodiversity and sensitive habitats, and to the continued growth and prosperity of southern Alberta.





The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan:


  • Creates four new and expanded conservation areas including the 54,588 ha Castle Wildland Provincial Park and the 34,356 ha Pekisko Heritage Rangeland
  • Ensures watershed management and headwaters protection in the eastern slopes
  • Increases grazing tenure terms where high management standards are demonstrated
  • Provides a compendium of tools and best practices for land-use planners, land users and decision-makers
  • Establishes environmental management frameworks for air and surface water quality that include strict environmental limits. Commits to completing a biodiversity management framework
  • Provides guidelines to avoid native grassland conversion
  • Improves connectivity of wildlife habitat
  • Commits to developing a regional trail system and promotes the development of Tourism Destination Areas  



The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) was developed over three phases of consultation with Albertans, including aboriginal peoples, a wide variety of stakeholders, municipalities, government and advice from the South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council. It builds upon our strong history of shared stewardship of the land.



South Saskatchewan Regional Plan Maps and Shapefiles 


The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan contains several maps including a Schedule C: South Saskatchewan Regional Plan Map of new and expanded conservation and recreation areas. This map is accompanied by complementary shapefiles intended to assist GIS specialists take a closer look at the boundaries of these proposed areas. To access related PDF maps, refer to Maps and Shapefiles and select a category associated with the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. These maps are provided for reference purposes only.


Implementation Announcements 


The Government of Alberta has completed the following environmental management initiatives under the regional plan:


Implement the South Saskatchewan Region Air Quality Management Framework Completed September 1, 2014
Implement the South Saskatchewan Region Surface Water Quality Management Framework Completed September 1, 2014