The provincial government says some of its electronic services are working again after a fire at the Shaw Communications headquarters in Calgary put them out of commission.
If you need to request a high school transcript or to access the court system services you should be able to do so but most registry services won't be available again until next week. The province's registry system is stored on analog tapes, which means it's still going to take a few days to get the backup system going.
To make up for it, the province has enacted some temporary measures:
- To ensure everyone has the opportunity to fish this weekend, there will be licence-free fishing from July 13 to 15. Alberta’s sportfishing regulations still apply.
- Hunters will be able to access their draw results by phoning 1-900-451-3729. The $.75/minute fee has been waived until July 19. This service cannot be accessed through cell phones or those with Shaw phone service.
- Albertans can still access registry services dealing with Vital Statistics, Personal Property and Corporate Registry.
- Albertans who have already purchased a test permit, can proceed with the road/knowledge test to obtain a driver’s licence.
- Albertans who purchase a new vehicle and have a valid licence plate and registration in their name for the vehicle they are replacing, can use this on their new vehicle for 14 days within the date of purchase. They must carry proof of ownership and valid insurance for the new vehicle.
- Time sensitive land title documents such as Builders’ Liens and Health Hazards will be accepted at registry offices, due to legislative requirements.
- Government is also working with the Alberta Law Society to facilitate some time sensitive land transactions. (ks)