(January 18, 2017)
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AGE WILL BE ADDED AS A PROTECTED GROUND UNDER SECTIONS 4 AND 5 OF
THE ALBERTA HUMAN RIGHTS ACT
A court application, pursuant to the equality provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, was brought against the Alberta Government on January 6, 2017. The application alleged that with the omission of “age” as a protected ground under sections 4 and 5 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, certain rights of seniors in Alberta are not protected. Alberta Justice consented to the application, but requested a 12-month reprieve to allow the government time to change the legislation. The Court granted the 12-month time frame as part of the Consent Order. In following the direction of the Court, the Commission will not accept complaints on the ground of age under sections 4 and 5 until such time as the legislation is amended or January 6, 2018, whichever occurs first.
COMMISSION RELEASES 2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT
(November 30, 2016)
The Commission has released its 2015-16 Annual Report.
GENDER IDENTITY AND GENDER EXPRESSION NOW EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED GROUNDS OF DISCRIMINATION
Bill 7 is now in force. The Bill amends the Alberta Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the Act as expressly prohibited grounds of discrimination.
The Commission is in the process of updating its publications and website to reflect the amendments to the legislation. In the meantime, if you are reading a Commission publication or web page dated before December 11, 2015, please note that the amendments have not yet been incorporated into the publication or web page.
For more information, see the Notice of Changes to Alberta's Human Rights Legislation.
RECENT TRIBUNAL DECISIONS
- Gail Lidkea v. Edmonton Public School Board (October 14, 2016; William J. Johnson, Q.C., Tribunal Chair)
- Kathalin Horvath v. Rocky View School Division No. 41 (October 5, 2016; William D. McFetridge, Q.C., Tribunal Chair)
- Miladinka Kovacevic v. City of Red Deer (September 12, 2016; Melissa Luhtanen, Tribunal Chair)
These tribunal decisions can be accessed free of charge through the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website.
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ABOUT THE COMMISSION
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Revised: January 18, 2017
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