I recently had the privilege to Chair the Seniors’ Services Awards Committee on behalf of the Minister of Seniors and Housing. The purpose of the committee was to review nominee applications for extensive volunteer services towards support of seniors across Alberta. We look forward to this special award ceremony October 2, 2017 at the McDougall Centre to honor these contributions made by Albertans.
Age Amendments to the Alberta Human Rights Act:
Our government will be adding “age” as a prohibited ground of discrimination, in sections 4 and 5 of the Act on January 6, 2018; as determined by the courts who granted a one year time period for government to address this issue.
We are reaching out to key stakeholders for feedback. We will consult with diverse stakeholders including: seniors’ advocacy groups, seniors’ housing and public housing groups, civil liberties and legal groups, condominium-related groups, rental accommodation groups, municipalities and related groups, large non-profit entities, community groups for people with disabilities, hospitality and accommodation industry groups to ensure minimal adverse effects by including “age” in sections 4 and 5.
We have already heard from Albertans who call condominiums home, purchased on the basis of by-laws in place at the time, as well as advocacy groups who want to ensure families and children may also call condominiums home. These considerations raise complex issues for the government, and Albertans, and cannot be properly addressed within a short time frame. Therefore, in the interim, our government intends to protect status quo on existing buildings with age restrictions in place.
MLA Open Office Hours – Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 1PM – 3PM
10-minute one-on-one conversations on a drop-in basis
Please do not hesitate to reach out to my Calgary Glenmore team for further engagement.