As the midpoint in the calendar year, and a nationally symbolic one at that, June 30 and July 1 are dates on which new regulations or tax changes often come into effect or current ones expire and quarterly adjustments are made to some government programs.

Here's a look at some of the changes coming into effect in Alberta on July 1:

  • Pharmacists may offer medical services such as prescription renewals, injections and others
  • Reduced prices for generic drugs
  • Reinstatement of chiropractic coverage for seniors
  • Stiffer penalties for drivers with blood alcohol over .08, which includes an immediate license suspension
  • Changes to the Alberta Insurance Act, which extended limitation periods, strengthened consumer protection and revised rules to various legal processes
  • Closure of "Ask a Question," a service offered by Alberta libraries for the past 12 years
  • Inflation-adjusted Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit rates. Maximum income level eligibility raised to $34,897
  • Parents may force their severely drug-addicted teens into longer detox programs

Other changes happening this holiday weekend in Canada and beyond:

  • Tobacco products for sale anywhere in the Canadian market must carry the federal excise stamp 
  • The maximum basic Old Age Security benefit paid to people age 65 or older rises $4.86 a month to $544.98 for people making less than $69,562 a year
  • Refugees will no longer receive dental and vision care and will have reduced prescription drug coverage
  • MPs' pension fund will be $23 million richer
  • Most applicants for semi- and low-skilled professions under the Provincial Nominee Program will have to undergo testing and meet mandatory minimum language standards in English or French
  • An immediate freeze under the Skilled Worker Program and the Immigrant Investor Program to reduce the backlog of applicants seeking to come to Canada under those programs