Job descriptions and advertisements should describe the requirements and key duties of the position rather than qualifications, preferences or requirements that relate to a ground protected under the Alberta Human Rights Act. Selection based on the following grounds is prohibited: race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation.

Section 8(1) of the Alberta Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination against job applicants in:

  • the use or circulation of employment applications or advertisements or
  • inquires, including interview questions,

that directly or indirectly express any limitation, specification, or preference indicating discrimination based on a protected ground or that require an applicant to furnish information concerning the protected grounds of that person or of any other person.

Should an application or advertisement contain a qualification or requirement that prevents or discourages a person from applying for a position for reasons related to a protected ground, the employer must demonstrate that the qualification or requirement is necessary as a bona fide occupational requirement. You can read more about bona fide occupational requirements .

For more information see:

Establishing position requirements
Advertising positions
Targeted recruiting
Employment applications

Revised: April 11, 2017



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