Long Range Planning

Working together to improve health services

Alberta Health Services, in partnership with Alberta Health, is working with community health partners and Albertans to plan the future of healthcare in our communities.

The goal is to co-design and co-deliver a sustainable, quality health system, one that promotes healthy communities and provides access to services, programs and facilities.

From fall 2016 to fall 2017, the focus is on Calgary Zone and Central Zone long range planning. This follows planning undertaken in the Edmonton Zone, which is ongoing; the province’s North and South Zone planning will follow.

Join the conversation. Share your ideas and help us develop a vision for health services in 15 years that informs decisions today. Planning for each zone will be incorporated into system planning for the province. All Albertans are encouraged to contribute to the discussions.

Long Range Planning Process

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Your insights and ideas

Changing and evolving the way we look at health services includes diverse perspectives, innovative thinking, new approaches and ideas both big and small.


  • How we address the determinants of good health, social aspects such as poverty, education and healthy lifestyles that ultimately help prevent illness
  • Alberta’s aging population, and the need for more community-based care systems
  • The opportunity to shift the conversation from facilities and acute care to prevention and community services

And there’s always more. Share your insights and ideas - see your zone's page for discussions specific to your area. Check back often for updates and progress.

For more information about how to get involved, please email [email protected]

What we heard

Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health have been meeting with Albertans across Calgary and Central Zones since October 2016 to plan the future of healthcare. The goal is to develop a vision of what healthcare could or should look like in 2031.

Learn more about What We Heard from Albertans through meeting with them:

Calgary Zone

Central Zone

Central Zone Blog
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Central Zone map

Central Zone spans from Rocky Mountain House in the west to Lloydminster on the eastern edge of the province, and from Drumheller north through Red Deer, and northeast to Two Hills.

Calgary Zone Blog
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Calgary Zone map

Calgary Zone is roughly the size of Switzerland. It covers an area from Didsbury in the north, through Calgary to Claresholm to the south, and from Banff in the west to Strathmore, to the east.