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Human Rights

In 1972, the Government of Alberta endorsed the Canadian Bill of Rights by creating the Alberta Bill of Rights. At the same time, the Individual's Rights Protection Act was enacted as the human rights law in the province. In 1996, this Act was repealed and new legislation was passed called the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act.

The Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act recognizes everyone in Alberta has the right to be treated with dignity and equality. It prohibits discrimination in the following areas:
  • public statements, publications, notices, signs and other representations
  • public services, goods, accommodation, or facilities 
  • tenancy
  • job advertisements and applications 
  • employment practices 
  • membership in trade unions, employers' organizations, or
  • occupational associations 
It is a legislated right that every person in Alberta is protected from discrimination in the following grounds: 

Race, marital status, religious beliefs, family status, colour, age, gender, ancestry, physical disability, place of origin, mental disability, source of income and sexual orientation 

All grounds are protected in all areas, with the exception of age, which is defined as 18 years and over and is not covered in the areas of tenancy or public services, goods, accommodations or facilities. 

(Source: Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission)
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