Last week the Alberta Human Rights Amendment Act, 2017 passed 3rd reading. On Royal Assent it will change the law so that as of January 1, 2018, age is a protected ground of discrimination relating to goods, services, accommodation or facilities and tenancy. Exceptions remain and I encourage you to read the Alberta Human Rights Commission bulletin for interesting details and a summary of the amendments.
CBC covered the story that led to the amendments – a Queen’s Bench application by the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society that was granted by Belzil, J. on January 6, 2017.
It is interesting to me that the bill provides for a very long timeline to comply with some of the points in the legislation: existing age restrictions in condominiums will be allowed until December 31, 2032.
The new section 4.1 provides that providing a benefit (i.e. discounted movie tickets for youth or seniors) is not discrimination. Phew – I will still get my seniors discount in a few years!
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