The Alberta government has passed legislation to expand Travel Alberta’s mandate.

The changes are included in Bill 62, the 2021 Bureaucracy Implementation Act, introduced in Alberta legislature Thursday.

The changes aim to move Travel Alberta from an agency that markets and promotes existing tourism businesses to one that also manages programs to support new tourism businesses and works to grow the industry.

If passed, the law would allow Travel Alberta to adopt programs and services previously provided by the Department of Labor, Economy and Innovation.

The government said the changes would reduce red tape by bringing all of these resources under one roof.

Bill 62 is the fourth government bill to reduce bureaucracy. Changes are proposed to six government departments, including Service Alberta, Justice and Attorney General, and Energy.