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South Saskatchewan Region

Status: The amended South Saskatchewan Regional Plan came into effect on May 31, 2018. This is the second amendment to the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. 




10-Year Review

The Alberta Land Stewardship Act requires the Land Use Secretariat to, at least once every 10 years, review each regional plan and report to the Stewardship Minister on its ongoing relevancy and effectiveness. The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan 10-Year Review must be started on or before September 1, 2024.


5-Year Evaluation


The Alberta Land Stewardship Act requires that the Land Use Secretariat to, at least once every 5 years, appoint a committee to evaluate the objectives and audit the policies of regional plans to determine whether either or both are meeting the purposes of the act, and report the results to the Stewardship Minister. For more information, visit the 5-Year Evaluation​ page.

Vision and Strategies


The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan 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, recreation, forest management, and nature-based tourism.




The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan was originally released in 2014.The plan was first amended in 2017 based on Cabinet's approval of Orders-in-Council to establish the Castle Provincial Park and expand the Castle Wildland Provincial Park.


The plan was amended again in May 2018 to reflect the creation of two new Public Land Use Zones and the corresponding landscape and recreation management plans.


Learn more about the amendments here.




Regional outcomes are supported by ongoing implementation of provincial strategies, as well as new region-specific strategies implemented through the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan.


For more information on the progress made in the region, visit the Results Reporting page.





The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan amended in 2018 replaces the previous version of the plan. Everyone must act in accordance with the latest version of the SSRP.


The amendment did not change nor introduce any new timing requirements regarding the filing of compliance declarations. Section 7 of the SSRP-Regulatory Details specifies that:


  • local government bodies must submit their compliance declaration by September 1, 2019
  • decision-making bodies were required to submit their compliance declaration by September 1, 2016.


Advisory Interpretation Bulletin 2017-01 provides more information about complying with the SSRP.



Maps and Shapefiles


The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan contains several maps including a Schedule D: South Saskatchewan Regional Plan Map. This map is accompanied by complementary shapefiles intended to assist GIS specialists take a closer look at the boundaries of the established and expanded parks and 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.