The Alberta Human Rights Act: Opportunities for Procedural and Policy Reform

The following review, which focuses on the policies and procedures underpinning Alberta’s human rights system, has the goal of ensuring our anti-discrimination laws effectively respond to the public’s needs, and our evolving understanding of discrimination. We approach this project via a comparative study that looks at Canada’s 14 provincial, territorial and federal anti-discrimination statutes, and their enforcement mechanisms.3 It reveals that Canadian human rights regimes have been rapidly changing in recent years. Previously uniform practices have fractured, as lawmakers work to effectively allocate scarce resources in ways that promote a public culture of human rights, while protecting their realization for individuals. In light of these transformations, it is worthwhile for Alberta to review its practices and understand how other jurisdictions are dealing with similar issues.

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Linda McKay-Panos
Calgary, AB