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Amendments to the Human Rights Act

On 5 May 2017, a new Human Rights Act received royal assent.  The act adds two new prohibited grounds of discrimination: “gender identity or expression” and “family status.”

With the addition of “gender identity or expression” as a prohibited ground, the Human Rights Act now provides protection for the transgender, bisexual, transsexual and intersex people of New Brunswick.  The new “family status” ground of prohibited discrimination will protect individuals from discrimination arising from their commitment to the well-being of loved ones by caring for them.

Additionally, the amendments to the act will improve the commission’s ability to investigate and resolve complaints and allow the commission to better respond to people’s concerns.

For more information, visit the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission’s website.