Alberta Human Rights Commission

GENDER IDENTITY AND GENDER EXPRESSION NOW EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED GROUNDS OF DISCRIMINATION
Bill 7 is now in force. The Bill amends the Alberta Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the Act as expressly prohibited grounds of discrimination.

PLEASE NOTE:
The Commission is in the process of updating its publications and website to reflect the amendments to the legislation. In the meantime, if you are reading a Commission publication or web page dated before December 11, 2015, please note that the amendments have not yet been incorporated into the publication or web page.

For more information, see the Notice of Changes to Alberta's Human Rights Legislation.

RECENT TRIBUNAL DECISIONS
(August 2016)

  • Douglas Klinger v. Cubbon Building Centre (Preliminary matters decision regarding severance agreement; July 14, 2016; Gwen Gray, Q.C., Tribunal Chair)
  • Thu Hien Pham v. Vu's Enterprises Ltd. o/a La Prep and Son Vu (July 5, 2016; D. Jean Munn, Q.C., Tribunal Chair)
  • Hannah Pelchat v. Ramada Inn and Suites (Cold Lake), o/a Cold Lake Investments Ltd. (June 23, 2016; Kathryn Oviatt, Tribunal Chair) 
  • Hans Goossen v. Summit Solar Drywall Contractors Inc. (Decision Regarding Quantification of Lost Wages; May 26, 2016; Sharon Lindgren-Hewlett, Tribunal Chair)

These tribunal decisions can be accessed free of charge through the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website.

MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF OF THE COMMISSION AND TRIBUNALS RE: EID AL-FITR
(July 6, 2016)

"On this Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking of the Fast), which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, I would like to wish everyone a safe and peaceful day," says Mr. Robert Philp, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission.

"There has been an increase in hate crimes against Muslims in the last three years, including incidents of hate, prejudice and religious intolerance against Muslims in Alberta, such as Islamophobic graffiti in Calgary and Fort Saskatchewan and damage to a mosque in Cold Lake.

"Islamophobia or any kind of religious intolerance is not acceptable. Everyone should be able to participate in and contribute to the cultural, social, economic and political life of the province freely without discrimination.

"Alberta's human rights legislation, the Alberta Human Rights Act, protects against discrimination based on 15 grounds, including race, religious beliefs, ancestry and place of origin.

"The Commission supports a number of projects that address Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination directed at ethno-cultural and religious minorities. One of these projects being completed by immigrant- and refugee-serving agencies will develop educational tools and resources to prevent discrimination directed toward immigrant and refugee populations.

"We must remain committed to protecting our fundamental human rights and creating a society where all people are equal in dignity, rights and responsibilities."

READ THE QUARTERLY ISSUE OF THE COMMISSION NEWSLETTER
(June 20, 2016)

MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF OF THE COMMISSION AND TRIBUNALS RE: THE ORLANDO MASS SHOOTING
(June 13, 2016)
"The Orlando tragedy, where 49 people were killed and 53 injured, was committed based on hatred and intolerance, which have no place in our society," says Mr. Robert Philp, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission.

"Alberta's human rights legislation, the Alberta Human Rights Act, protects against discrimination based on 15 grounds, including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

"Alberta is a province that values diversity and inclusion, and Albertans recognize the richness of life that is enhanced by our diversity. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community against hatred, intolerance and violence.

"We must remain committed to protecting our fundamental human rights and creating a society where all people are equal in dignity, rights and responsibilities."

COMMISSION RELEASES NEW INFORMATION SHEET: RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
(April 2016) 
The Commission has developed a new information sheet to provide Albertans with information on religious beliefs as a protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act. Read the Religious Beliefs information sheet.

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ABOUT THE COMMISSION
The Alberta Human Rights Commission is an independent commission of the Government of Alberta. Our mandate is to foster equality and reduce discrimination. We provide public information and education programs, and help Albertans resolve human rights complaints.

The Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund has provided funding for this website.

Revised: August 3, 2016


 

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