The purpose of the transition plan is to ensure an orderly transition from the current organization that is the Authority Having Jurisdiction to the organization that will become the Authority Having Jurisdiction.
For municipalities becoming accredited, the current authority having jurisdiction will always be the Alberta Safety Codes Authority (ASCA), which was established by the Government of Alberta to administer the Act in the unaccredited areas of the province. ASCA will, similarly, become the authority assuming jurisdiction when an accredited municipality is voluntarily cancelling their accreditation.
Defining the current authority having jurisdiction for corporations is a little more complex. It may be a municipality. It could be ASCA. But it also could be another accredited corporation, where a merger, acquisition, or sale is driving the need to become, modify, or cancel an accreditation.
A transition plan is not required for a newly accredited agency, or when an accredited agency modifies its accreditation, as there is no transfer of jurisdictional authority when they become, modify, or cancel accreditation. However, when an agency voluntarily cancels their accreditation, a transition plan will be required by the Administrator. Having a transition plan in place in that instance will help the accredited municipality or corporation manage the transition of work to their new agency.