Federal human rights legislation

Most workplaces in Alberta are governed by provincial human rights legislation. However, certain workplaces are governed by the federal Canadian Human Rights Act, which covers workplaces such as:

  • Federal government departments and agencies
  • Crown corporations
  • the post office
  • chartered banks
  • airlines
  • television and radio stations
  • inter-provincial communications and telephone companies
  • buses and railways which travel between provinces
  • places of business where labour issues are governed by the Canada Labour Code
  • other federally regulated industries, such as certain mining operations
  • RCMP

The Canadian Human Rights Commission website has described the work of the CHRC as follows:
The Canadian Human Rights Commission administers the Canadian Human Rights Act and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Employment Equity Act. Both laws ensure that the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination are followed in all areas of federal jurisdiction. For more information, visit the Canadian Human Rights Commission website.
If you are unsure about whether a human rights issue falls under provincial or federal legislation, contact the Commission for more information.

Reviewed: March 27, 2013


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