The Commission

The Alberta Human Rights Commission is responsible for carrying out work under the Alberta Human Rights Act, including protecting human rights.
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What is the Alberta Human Rights Commission?

The Commission is an independent commission of the Government of Alberta, created by the Alberta Human Rights Act. Our mandate is to foster equality and reduce discrimination. We do so by providing public information and education programs, and by helping people resolve human rights complaints.

The Commission recognizes the fundamental principle that all persons are equal in dignity, rights, and responsibilities. We aim to create a province where all people can participate in and contribute to its cultural, social, economic, and political life. We champion Alberta's multiculturalism and encourage equality of opportunity for all.

The Lieutenant Governor, with advice from the Government of Alberta, appoints the Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, the Director of the Commission, and Members of the Commission. Read the Our people page to learn more about the Commission's team.

The Commission is organized into three separate and distinct areas:

  1. Communication, Education and Engagement (CEE) works to prevent racism and discrimination and remove barriers to full participation in society through education programs, policy development, and collaborative initiatives.

  2. The Office of the Director of the Commission resolves and settles complaints made under the Act, including through conciliation and Director's decisions.

  3. The Tribunal Office decides on appeals of Director's decisions, mediates complaints through Tribunal Dispute Resolution, and forms tribunals to hear human rights complaints.

In carrying out its work, the Commission must follow certain laws and rules:

The Commission is also a member of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA). CASHRA is the national association of federal, provincial, and territorial agencies responsible for administering human rights legislation. Founded in 1972, CASHRA fosters collaboration among its members and serves as a national voice on human rights issues.

The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal is an administrative tribunal that is a member of the national organizations, the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals (CCAT) and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ). CCAT and CIAJ are forums for tribunals across Canada, raising awareness and providing networking and training to promote administrative justice.

Our vision

We envision a vibrant and inclusive Alberta where the rich diversity of people is celebrated and respected, and where everyone has the opportunity to fully participate in society, free from discrimination.

Our mission

To serve the public interest by ensuring access to justice, advancing equity and inclusion, and upholding human rights principles in Alberta.

Our values

We commit to the following values to guide our work and relationships:

  • Integrity: We provide support and services that are fair, transparent, and timely.
  • Collaboration: We work inclusively to build connections with each other and our stakeholders.
  • Approachable and Accessible: We endeavour to ensure access to our programs and services, acknowledging the impact of our work on people's lives.
  • Respect: We cultivate an environment in which each individual's experiences, perspectives, and opinions are appreciated and valued.
  • Engaged: We believe in what we do and are committed to bringing our best to everything we do.

Our strategic priorities

The Commission has seven priority areas to make sure we are fulfilling our mandate, vision, mission, and values. Adopted in March 2019, these priorities allow the Commission to focus our energy on continually enhancing our service to the public. The actions to achieve these seven priorities are part of an ever-evolving roadmap, which includes:

  1. Reform the complaint resolution process (pre-intake through tribunal)
  2. Increase our capacity to analyze and address systemic issues
  3. Enhance and align the Commission's communication strategies
  4. Broaden public education and engagement
  5. Refresh and integrate IT in support of other strategic priorities
  6. Build a strong organization that attracts and retains great employees who are valued and engaged
  7. Focus on priority issues, communities, and populations

Read our Strategic Priorities and Actions document to learn more.