Comprehensive Regional Infrastructure Sustainability Plan (CRISP)

The Comprehensive Regional Infrastructure Sustainability Plans (CRISPs) were long-term, collaborative approaches to planning infrastructure in Alberta's three oil sands areas:

These plans were developed based on recommendations in Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta’s Oil Sandsexternal link icon .

CRISP stands for:

  • Comprehensive – Looks at how communities can accommodate growth and cover infrastructure needs including water and wastewater treatment, transportation, schools, health facilities and multi-use corridors.
  • Regional – Planning across municipal boundaries and in collaboration with key stakeholders.
  • Infrastructure – A specific scope that focuses on infrastructure that is critical to facilitate the development of the oil sands and increasing quality of life in communities, as well as attracting and retaining workers and their families.
  • Sustainability – Providing an opportunity to develop infrastructure that is critical to facilitate the development of the oil sands and increasing quality of life in communities, as well as attracting and retaining workers and their families.
  • Plan – Providing a set of steps that will guide infrastructure development and keep pace with growth in the area.

The development of CRISPs was led by the Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat of Alberta Energy.  A number of key provincial ministries, stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis have provided key support in the development of these plans.

The CRISPs align with other Government of Alberta initiatives such as regional plans developed under the Land-use Frameworkexternal link icon .