Ontario Human Rights Code Amended

Ontario Human Rights Code Amended

Postby CLS » Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:49 pm

The Ontario Human Rights Code has been amended to include protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression. As explained on the HRTO website at http://hrto.ca/hrto/?q=en/node/195:

"Bill 33, An Act to amend the Human Rights Code with respect to gender identity and gender expression, came into force on June 19, 2012.
The Bill amends the Human Rights Code to specify that every person has a right to equal treatment without discrimination because of gender identity or gender expression with respect to,
(a) services, goods and facilities (section 1 of the Code);
(b) accommodation (subsection 2 (1) of the Code);
(c) contracting (section 3 of the Code);
(d) employment (subsection 5 (1) of the Code); and
(e) membership in a trade union, trade or occupational association or self-governing profession (section 6 of the Code).

The Bill also amends the Code to specify that every person has a right to be free from harassment because of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression with respect to,
(a) accommodation (subsections 2 (2) and 7 (1) of the Code); and
(b) employment (subsections 5 (2) and 7 (2) of the Code).

Link to Bill 33 - http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_ ... illID=2574

Filing an application under the new provisions: The Human Rights Tribunal has amended its forms and guides to reflect the legislative changes.

If you want to file an application based on new provisions, please check the box for “Gender Identity" and/ or "Gender Expression" in section 5 of the Application under Section 34 of the Human Rights Code (Form 1)..."

This amendment extends the important protections of the Human Rights Code to transgendered individuals.
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