Manitoba's Human Rights Code to protect transgender and socially disadvantaged citizens
Justice Minister Andrew Swan introduced a bill on May 23 that will protect Manitobans who are transgender, homeless, unemployed, or undereducated.
The proposed changes to Manitoba's Human Rights Code will prevent discrimination based on gender identity and the socially disadvantaged.
“Manitoba’s human rights legislation was ahead of its time 25 years ago when protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation was added to the code,” Swan stated in a news release. “These changes will build on that legacy and ensure the commission has the tools it needs to effectively address current and emerging challenges.”
Quebec already has similar protection for the impoverished while Ontario is currently in the process of introducing increased protection to transgender citizens.
“In 2010, the Canadian Bar Association Council unanimously passed a resolution encouraging all provincial and territorial governments across Canada to amend human rights laws to better protect transgender individuals," Manitoba Bar Association president Josh Weinstein stated in a news release, "and I’m pleased to see the Manitoba government taking a major step forward in this regard.”
Further changes to Manitoba's Human Rights Code will improve and streamline services by expanding mediation provisions, permit joint Manitoba Human Rights Commission proceedings on similar complaints, and also permit the commission to sit in smaller panels for decision-making purposes.