Weight discrimination goes up for debate in Manitoba legislature

But would new regulation really be necessary?
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/23/2017
If successful, Bill 200 in the provincial legislature — which aims to ban discrimination based on weight — would make Manitoba the first jurisdiction in Canada to specifically ban this type of prejudicial treatment, according to MLA Jon Gerrard. Mark Blinch/Reuters

A Manitoba politician is aiming to ban discrimination based on weight — but one lawyer is questioning whether such legislation is necessary.

Liberal member Jon Gerrard recently tabled Bill 200 in the provincial legislature aiming to ban discrimination based on weight. If successful, Manitoba would be the first jurisdiction in Canada to specifically ban this type of prejudicial treatment, he said.

While Gerrard is a private member facing a majority Progressive Conservative government, he said he is hopeful that meaningful discussion will occur on his bill during the spring session.