Accommodating religion

Quebec’s proposed ‘Charter of Values’ raises questions around what’s allowed
By Kenneth Krupat
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2014

Since the announcement of the proposed Quebec “Charter of Values,” there has been a great deal of discussion over the issue of reasonable accommodation of minority religious practices.

The topic has generated a great deal of controversy in Quebec. It has also attracted widespread publicity and discussion across the rest of Canada, and even around the world.

But outside of Quebec, the issue, from a legal standpoint, has not been particularly controversial. Canadian courts have generally tackled the topic in a common-sense fashion and in a way that has enhanced the multicultural fabric of an ever-changing Canadian society.