Legislation in Alberta

Alberta does not have a provincial accessibility legislation yet, however, it does have some related legislation. For example:

  • Acts addressing specific aspects of accessibility (e.g., the Service Dogs Act)
  • Acts dealing with other issues but which contain clauses on how disability affects the administration of that focus (e.g., the Student Financial Assistance Act

Alberta was one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to establish an advocate specifically dedicated to persons with disabilities. The Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Act was proclaimed into law in the spring of 2018 to allow the government to better support persons with disabilities and their families


In 2018, after public consultation throughout the province, the Alberta government created the Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities and appointed an Advocate. The Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities represents the rights, interests and well-being of Albertans with disabilities.

The Advocate’s Office acts as a point of contact between the community and government, helping children, youth, adults and seniors with disabilities find and get access to the supports and services.