Public policy engagement

The Commission informs and influences public policy and legislation to advance human rights in Alberta.

Our approach

The Commission provides input into public policy and legislation with a human rights lens. We view research and policy development as tools for change. Our approach includes using our human rights expertise, internal and external data and research, as well as input from stakeholders, to inform public policy recommendations to governments and policy-makers.

Public policy

We inform, influence, and support public policy initiatives that have a wide-scale impact on Albertans. Below are examples of the Commission’s recent initiatives.

  • Statistics Canada’s Police Reporting: The Commission provided input on Statistics Canada’s Police Reporting on Indigenous and Racialized Identity (January 2021).

  • Disaggregated demographic data collection: In June 2020, commissions across Canada called on the federal government to collect disaggregated demographic data to identify the impact COVID-19 had on vulnerable, racialized groups.

To learn more, refer to Open letter: Human rights commissions call for a national strategy for the collection of disaggregated health data (June 2020).


We work with key stakeholders to support and provide our expertise on legislative change related to human rights. The Commission develops reports and makes submissions on important human rights issues to various levels of government and to international organizations. We review draft policies and legislation from a human rights perspective and consider populations most affected by discrimination.

Below are examples of the Commission’s recent initiatives.

  • Accessibility legislation: We are supporting the disability sector to champion accessibility legislation in Alberta through the Alberta Ability Network (AAN).

To learn more and engage with this initiative, refer to the following resources:

To learn more, refer to the Written submission to Alberta's Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General on the Alberta Police Act Review (January 2021).

International human rights

The Commission is a member of the Alberta Interdepartmental Committee on Human Rights. Through this committee, we provide input into the implementation of international human rights treaties and conventions in Alberta. These instruments set out the foundational legal framework for international human rights. We report to the United Nations through The Continuing Committee of Officials on Human Rights (CCOHR) on how Alberta is following international human rights agreements.

To learn more, refer to the following resources: