The Alberta Human Rights Act prohibits publishing, issuing, or displaying notices in public based on protected grounds that:
- indicate discrimination or intent to discriminate, or
- are likely to expose a person or group of people to hatred or contempt.
The Act addresses notices that detest or vilify a group or person. This means a notice that inspires others to have extreme ill-will towards the person or group, or to abuse and consider them unworthy. Discriminatory notices are often based on hate. In order to balance this right with freedom of expression, the Act does not protect against notices that people find personally to be insulting, upsetting, in bad taste, or contrary to their own beliefs.
On this page, “notices” includes all statements, publications, signs, symbols, emblems, and other representations to the public. For example, a notice could be a poster hung in public, a comment in a speech, a newspaper article, and more.