Alberta is working towards a full ban for employers requiring people to wear high heels at work.
With Ontario and British Columbia in 2017 banning mandatory high heels in the workplace, and Manitoba following suit this year. This ban will come into effect in Alberta as of January 1, 2019.
A longtime waitress and chef Colleen Brown said, "I myself have never been forced to wear heels, but have applied to places that I didn't know it was a requirement and then have turned down employment because it’s sexist, unsafe and unhealthy."
Christina Gray, Minister of Labour said, “I have heard from many Alberta women in the hospitality industry that this change needs to happen. It’s clear that forcing women to wear high heels at work is a bad idea. This is an important change that will help create healthy work environments where workers can do their jobs safely and not be forced to use footwear that creates potential hazards.”
Prolonged high heel use is associated with some workplace trips, slips and falls as well as painful foot conditions and skeletal and muscular injuries. Gray said the amendments to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code by the Government of Alberta will provide clarity and prohibit an employer from requiring workers to use footwear that may pose health or safety risks.