Alberta Human Rights Information Service November 21, 2017

Bill 23, Alberta Human Rights Amendment Act, 2017, will strengthen human rights protection and protect Albertans from age discrimination

Bill 23, Alberta Human Rights Amendment Act, 2017, was passed in the Alberta Legislature on November 14, 2017. The bill will come into force on January 1, 2018.

The bill amends the Alberta Human Rights Act (the Act) to add “age” as a prohibited ground of discrimination under sections 4 (goods, services, accommodation or facilities) and 5 (tenancy) of the Act. There are some exceptions that allow specific types of age distinctions to continue without violating the Act.

In addition to the amendments to sections 4 and 5 of the Act, Bill 23 also amends the Act to provide protection for ameliorative programs and activities, which are designed to improve the condition of disadvantaged people. An example of this is employment or internship programs for Indigenous youth.

Important information about making a human rights complaint relating to age under sections 4 and 5:

  • The Commission cannot accept complaints on the ground of age under sections 4 and 5 until the amendments come into force on January 1, 2018.
  • Only incidents that occur on or after January 1, 2018 will be covered by the new protection.

You can read a more detailed summary of the amendments.

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