Our mandate

The Alberta Human Rights Commission has a two-fold mandate:

  • to foster equality
  • to reduce discrimination

It fulfills this mandate through public education initiatives and the resolution and settlement of complaints of discrimination.

The Alberta Human Rights Act (AHR Act) protects Albertans against discrimination in the following areas:

  • publications and notices
  • goods, services, accommodation and facilities
  • tenancy
  • employment practices
  • applications and advertising regarding employment
  • membership in trade unions, employers' organizations or occupational associations

Within the areas listed above, it is a contravention of the AHR Act to discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age,* ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status, source of income or sexual orientation.

*While age is a protected ground under the areas of goods and services and tenancy, there are three exceptions that allow specific types of age restrictions that do not contravene the Act: benefits for minors or seniors; seniors-only housing; and age-restricted condominiums, co-operative housing units and mobile home sites that existed before January 1, 2018. You can read more about age as a protected ground.

In addition to the areas and grounds discussed above, the AHR Act protects Albertans in the area of equal pay. This provision requires that employees who perform the same or substantially similar work for an employer must be paid at the same rate, regardless of gender.
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Revised: July 30, 2018



The Alberta Human Rights Commission is an independent commission of the Government of Alberta.

Due to confidentiality concerns, the Commission cannot reply to complaints of discrimination by email. Please contact the Commission by phone or regular mail if you have a specific complaint.

You can access information about making FOIP requests for records held by the Commission on our Contact us page.

The Commission will make publications available in accessible formats upon request for people with disabilities who do not read conventional print.