Manitoba and Ontario recently added gender identity and/or gender expression to their human rights legislation as prohibited grounds of discrimination.
Ontario private member’s Bill 33, Toby’s Act (Right to be Free from Discrimination and Harassment Because of Gender Identity or Gender Expression), 2012, received royal assent on June 19, 2012, and is now law and in force.
The Manitoba government gave royal assent to passed Bill 36, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act to add gender identity to the list of protected characteristics. On June 14, 2012, Tthe Bill received royal assent; it is now law and in force.
The changes amend Ontario and Manitoba’s Human Rights Codes to specify that every person has a right to equal treatment without discrimination because of gender identity. In Ontario, it includes gender expression.
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