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1992 BILL 228
Fourth Session, 22nd Legislature, 41 Elizabeth II
THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ALBERTA
INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHTS PROTECTION
MS M. LAING
Committee of the Whole
INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHTS PROTECTION
(Assented to , 1992)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta, enacts as foUows:
1 The Individuals* Rights Protection Act is amended by this Act.
2 In the following provisions, the words "marital status, sexual
orientation, poUtical beUefs, famUy status, source or level of
income, conviction of an offence for which a pardon has been
granted", are added before the words "ancestry or place of origin"
wherever they occur:
3 Section 4 is amended by striking out the word "self-contamed"
wherever it occurs.
4 The following is added after Section 5:
5.1 Section 5 does not apply to
(a) buUdmgs customarUy open to the pubUc,
1 This BiU wiU amend chapter 1-2 of the Revised Statutes of
Alberta, 1980 to expand the prohibited grounds of discrimination;
to make the Human Rights Commission subject to the control of
a Select Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly; to aUow
the Commission to initiate investigations; and to constitute certain
violations of the Act as offences punishable by fine.
(b) areas designed for pubUc use which are adjacent to
such buUdings, or
(c) multiple-unit dwellings, including those of less than
four stories, for which construction permits are issued after
the proclamation of this Act.
5 In the following provisions, the words "sexual orientafion,
poUtical beUefs, famUy status, source or level of income, conviction
of an offence for which a pardon has been granted," are added
before the words "ancestry or place of origin" wherever they occur:
6 The heading "Alberta Human Rights Commission" preceding
section 14 is repealed and the heading "Alberta Human Rights
Commission and Select Committee" is substituted.
7 The following is added immediately before section 14:
13.1(1) There is hereby estabUshed a select standing
committee of the Legislative Assembly caUed the "Select
Standing Committee on Human Rights" consisting of 1
member of the Assembly from each poUtical party represented
in the Assembly,
(2) The members of the Select Committee shaU be appomted
at the commencement of each session in the same way that
members are appointed to other select standing committees of
(3) the member representing the governing party is the
Chau-man of the Select Committee.
8 The words "the Lieutenant Governor in CoimcU" are stiuck out
wherever it occurs and "the Select Committee" is substitiited in the
9 Section 19 is amended
(a) in subsection (1) by striking out "except" and substitiiting
(b) in subsection (1), after "regulations" by adding "and, without
limiting the generaUty of the foregomg,
(i) the Commission, when it beUeves a contravention of
this Act may have occurred which has not been the subject
of a complaint, may upon its own initiative make a
complaint on behalf of a person or group of persons, and
(U) the Commission, when it receives several complaints
about the same situation, may proceed with a group
investigation on behalf of the complaints."
(c) in subsection (2) by striking out "6" and substituting "12".
10 Section 22 is amended
(a) in subsection (3)(b) by adding "or" after "examination", and
(b) in subsection (3) by striking out "or both".
11 The following is added after section 26:
26.1 A person who faUs to comply with section 26 or a
demand under section 21(b) or who refuses or fzuls to permit
a removal under section 21(c) is guUty of an offence and is
Uable to a fine of not more than $2,000.
12 Section 31 is amended by adding the following after subsection
(3) This section does not affect any right or remedy which a
complain£mt has at law or in equity.
13 Subsection 38(1) is amended
(a) in clause (i) by adding "or sensory" after "physical" wherever
it occurs, and
(b) by adding the following after clause (i):
(i.l) "poUtical beUefs" mcludes poUtical activity or
association and membership m a registered poUtical party,
(i.2) "Select Committee" means the Select Standing
Committee on Human Rights estabUshed by section 13.1,
(i.3) "sexual orientation" means heterosexuaUty, bisexuaUty
14 This Act comes into force on Proclamation.
Title: 1992 (22nd, 4th) Bill 228, Individual's Rights Protection Amendment Act