COMMISSION NEWSLETTER
You can read the December 12, 2018 regular issue of the Commission newsletter.

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY IS DECEMBER 10

Image of 70 years Universal Declaration of Human Rights #Standup4humanrights 

You can read about Human Rights Day in the December 10 special issue of the Commission newsletter. You can also read the message "Standing Up for Human Rights. Standing Up For Each Other" from Michael Gottheil, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals.

COMMISSION RELEASES TWO NEW INFORMATION SHEETS: HUMAN RIGHTS IN TENANCY and HUMAN RIGHTS IN CONDOMINIUMS
(November 16, 2018)
The Commission has developed two new information sheets:

  • Human Rights in Tenancy: outlines how the Alberta Human Rights Act protects Albertans from discrimination in both residential and commercial tenancy. You can read the Human Rights in Tenancy information sheet.
  • Human Rights in Condominiums: outlines how the Alberta Human Rights Act protects Albertans from discrimination in the provision of accommodation, more specifically occupancy of a condominium unit. You can read the Human Rights in Condominiums information sheet.

RECENT TRIBUNAL DECISIONS
(December 2018)

  • Jon Maude v. NOV Enerflow ULC (Interim Decision; November 19, 2018; Sharon Lindgren, Tribunal Chair)
  • B.L. v. International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers, Local Lodge 146 (Preliminary Matters Decision; November 19, 2018; Karen Scott, Tribunal Chair)
  • Michael Sutherland v. Apollo Sunrooms and Andrew Banack (November 8, 2018; Cherie Langlois-Klassen, Tribunal Chair)
  • Dawit Kebede v. SGS Canada Inc. (Interim Decision - Adjournment; November 2, 2018; Karen Scott, Tribunal Chair)
  • Joseph Swampy v. Syncrude Canada Ltd. (Interim Decision; October 29, 2018; Michael Gottheil, Tribunal Chair)
These tribunal decisions can be accessed free of charge through the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website.

NEW CHIEF OF THE COMMISSION AND TRIBUNALS APPOINTED
(October 2018)
The Commission is pleased to announce that the Government of Alberta has appointed Mr. Michael Gottheil as Chief of the Commission and Tribunals of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Read more about the new Chief of the Commission and Tribunals in the October 10, 2018 special issue of the Commission newsletter.

AMENDMENTS TO AL​BERTA HUMAN RIGHTS ACT COME INTO FORCE ON JANUARY 1, 2018
(January 2018)
The Government of Alberta has amended the Alberta Human Rights Act, effective January 1, 2018. Age discrimination is now prohibited in the protected areas of goods, services, accommodation or facilities, and in the area of tenancy. There are exceptions that allow specific types of age restrictions in the area of goods, services, accommodation or facilities. In the area of tenancy, age restrictions will not be permitted in rental buildings as of January 1, 2018. In addition, the Act is amended to protect ameliorative policies, programs and activities that are designed to improve the conditions of disadvantaged persons and that achieve or are reasonably likely to achieve that objective.

For details, read the January 2018 Notice of Changes to Alberta’s Human Rights Legislation.

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.

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.

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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: December 12, 2018


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