03/17/2016 08:42 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Alberta expects to save $35M by streamlining boards and commissions

EDMONTON — Alberta's finance minister says a review of almost half the government's agencies, boards and commissions shows the province will be able to save about $35 million over the next three years.

Joe Ceci says the savings will come by cutting or combining 25 of the 136 boards and agencies it has reviewed.

Ceci won't say which boards face the axe, but adds that information will be released in or around the April 14 budget.

The boards that have been reviewed include heavy hitters such as  Alberta Health Services, which has a $14-billion budget.

Ceci says changes will allow for savings without harming performance or oversight.

The government has undertaken a three-stage review of all 301 agencies, boards and commissions with the aim of reducing duplication and improving governance.