Bill proposed to protect against discrimination based on genetics, immigration status and police records

The private member’s bill, tabled by Liberal legislator Nathalie Des Rosiers tabled the bill that states that discriminating against someone on the basis of their genetics, immigration status, social condition and police records would be a violation of their rights in Ontario.

The Bill would expand and modernize Ontario’s human rights code which was first established in 1962. If passed, the legislation would add the four new areas of rights protection to the code and give anyone discriminated against recourse they currently don’t have at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Des Rosiers said the changes would bring Ontario’s Human Rights Code in line with other codes across Canada and around the world. It would also ensure that people have fair access to employment, insurance and goods and services.

The bill has the backing of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association which has done extensive work to prevent discrimination on the basis of police records.

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