According to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Section 15 (1)):
Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
Of course, and unfortunately, this is not always the case in practice. Many people continue to deny others equal treatment, intentionally and not. The case Law Society of Upper Canada v. Selwyn Milan McSween raises the question of whether racism hinders black lawyers’ participation in big law firms in Ontario. I am sure this problem is not exclusive to big law firms or Ontario.
To know what I think about this, read my latest post on Slaw.