I love you, Canada. Such a beautiful country in every sense of the word.
It should be noted also that Bill 33 (called Toby’s Act in the press) was passed with the full support of ALL parties in the Legislature, including the opposition Tories. Also, not only is Manitoba considering a similar bill so too is the federal government.
By the way, Ontario is the first province, but not the first jurisdiction, in Canada to do this, Gender identity discrimination has been expressly prohibited in the human rights law of Canada’s Northwest Territories for several years.
Also, as a result of jurisprudence, complaints of gender identity discrimination can already be filed under the existing human rights laws of all Canadian jurisdictions, even those that do not expressly mention gender identity. Complaints can be filed under the grounds of sex and/or disability, which are expressly mentioned in all human rights laws in Canada.
With respect to gender identity, this amendment does not expand the available legal protection; it simply makes the existing protection explicit in the legislation. Its purpose is educational.
With respect to the addition of “gender expression,” I also expect that it does not expand the existing protection, but I am less sure of that.
all provnces protect transgender and gender identitym this just makes it explicit. I also beleive that BC is considering such legislation as well
I can’t see Bill 33 having any effect on my day-to-day life, but now that gender identity is specifically added to the Human Rights Code of Ontario, should something happen, this addition gives me specific legal recourse. While lawmakers have stated in the past that “gender identity” was covered under the “sexual preference” label, such determination was often left to other authorities. Toby’s Act, as I wrote above, gives me specific protection.