Governing Legislation

The authority of the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA) to regulate is delegated by the Alberta Government through the Health Professions Act (HPA). This legislation states specific requirements for governance, registration, performance of restricted activities, continuing competence and discipline of health professions. The Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist Profession Regulation outlines how ACSLPA applies the HPA to the practice of the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. The ACSLPA Bylaws (PDF) deal more specifically with the manner in which the College operates and conducts its business.

Other relevant legislation applicable to the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology in Alberta may include, but is not limited to, the following:


Government Organization Act (GOA)

Schedule 7.1 of the GOA addresses Health Services Restricted Activities.

View or download the Government Organization Act (GOA)


Health Information Act (HIA)

HIA governs health information by addressing protection of individually identifying health information in Alberta.  HIA is applicable to individuals and organizations fitting the definition of a “custodian” or “affiliate” as defined by the Act.

View or download the Health Information Act (HIA)

View or download the Health Information Regulation

View or download the Alberta Electronic Health Record Regulation

View or download the Health Information Act Guidelines and Practices Manual


Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)

PIPA governs personal information, including both health and non-health information, held by private sector organizations in Alberta.  PIPA is applicable to private businesses (including private practice businesses that provide speech-language pathology or audiology services), non-profit organizations and professional regulatory bodies.

View or download the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)

View or download the Personal Information Protection Act Regulation


Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP)

FOIP governs public bodies including the Government of Alberta ministries, boards, agencies and commissions, school boards, post-secondary education institutions, and municipalities.  FOIP applies to non-health related information.

View or download the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP)

View or download the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Regulation


Children First Act

The Children First Act is based on the philosophy that programs and services that support children are most effective when they are provided through a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach. The information sharing provisions of the Act were proclaimed on January 1, 2014.

View or download the Children First Act (PDF).

The guide, below, provides recommendations on how to share personal and health information between government departments, educational bodies, health care bodies, police services, parents or guardians. The Act does not apply to private practitioners, unless they are providing programs or services to children under agreement with a public body.

View or download a Guide to Information Sharing Under the Children First Act (PDF).


Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA)

The CYFEA is legislation that protects children and teens under 18 years of age who are in need of intervention services due to physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect.

View or download the Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA)

View or download the Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Regulation

Additional information regarding the CYFEA, how to report a possible need for intervention, and the complaint process may be found at: http://humanservices.alberta.ca/abuse-bullying/15387.html 


Protection for Persons in Care Act (PPCA)

The PPCA is legislation that promotes the safety of adults in care, by requiring Albertans to report any incident where they have reasonable and probable grounds to suspect that there is, or has been abuse against an adult client.

View or download the Protection for Persons in Care Act (PPCA)

View or download the Protection for Persons in Care Regulation

Additional information regarding the PPCA, how to report a possible need for intervention, and the complaint process may be found at

http://www.health.alberta.ca/services/PPC-Act-summary.html


Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

PIPEDA governs personal information held by private sector organizations in Canada.

View or download the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)