OTTAWA – The federal government has introduced legislation to extend human rights protections to transgender Canadians.
The legislation would, if passed, make it illegal to prevent someone from getting a job or to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.
The legislation would also update the Criminal Code to extend hate speech laws to include gender identity and gender expression.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the law is necessary to make it unequivocal in law that transgender persons have the right to live free from discrimination, hate propoganda and hate crimes.
The law was introduced on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.
Similar legislation has failed to pass Parliament on multiple occasions, including the most recent attempt last year by NDP MP Randall Garrison, whose bill was gutted in the Senate.