Statements, publications, notices, signs, symbols, emblems or other representations: What you need to know

Section 3 of the Alberta Human Rights Act prohibits the publication, issuing or display before the public of a representation that indicates discrimination or an intention to discriminate, or that is likely to expose a person or class of persons to hatred or contempt based on one of the protected grounds. The section balances the objective of eliminating discrimination with the right to freedom of expression.

Section 3 prohibits discrimination in the following representations when they are published, issued or displayed before the public:

  • statements
  • publications
  • notices
  • signs
  • symbols
  • emblems or
  • other representations

This above list will be referred to as "statements" in this section of the website. The section covers a variety of statements or other representations, including published articles in newspapers, publicly displayed signs and publicly made statements.

For more information, see:

Detailed discussion of section 3 of the Alberta Human Rights Act
Case law examples

Revised: March 10, 2010


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