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Lobbying Efforts

ACFP – A Registered Lobbyist

In early 2020, the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) reached a threshold of time spent communicating and meeting with the government. Because of this, the ACFP has become a registered lobbyist.

What It Means to be a Lobbyist

As a registered lobbyist, the ACFP now files a report every six months with the public registry, which includes a list of all our activities to bring the voice of family physicians to elected leaders, bureaucrats, and the health authority in Alberta.

News & Events

Read more about our recent lobbying efforts in our News & Events:

Read our most recent letter to the Premier:


Semi-Annual Updates

The ACFP must record and track all lobbyist activities. This includes meetings, written communications (hard copy, or electronic), phone calls, social media, or grassroots efforts.

For full details, read our most recent semi-annual report, which can also be accessed publicly by searching Alberta College of Family Physicians on

As defined by the Alberta Lobbyist Registry, lobbying means “to communicate with a public office holder, directly or through grassroots communication, in an attempt to influence matters relating to:

  • the development, enactment, introduction, amendment, passage or defeat of legislation (including legislative proposals, bills, resolutions, regulations and orders in council);
  • the development, establishment, amendment, or termination of any program, policy, directive or guideline of the Government or a prescribed Provincial entity;
    the awarding of any grant or financial benefit by or on behalf of the Government or a prescribed Provincial entity;
  • decisions by the Executive Council or a member of the Executive Council to transfer from the Crown for consideration all or part of, or any interest in or asset of, any business, enterprise or institution that provides goods or services to the Crown, a prescribed Provincial entity, or the public; or
  • decisions by the Executive Council or a member of the Executive Council to have the private sector, instead of the Crown, provide goods and services to the Government.”

(Office of the Ethics Commission, “What is Lobbying and am I a Lobbyist?“)

My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.