Recruitment, terminations could be affected by Bill 164

Ontario legislation would add four new grounds for discrimination: social condition, police records, immigration status and genetics
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/01/2018

Currently before a standing committee at Queen’s Park, Ontario’s Bill 164, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2017, could have a significant impact on the way employers recruit and terminate workers, according to lawyers.

The proposed legislation was unveiled in October and aims to outlaw discrimination against individuals based on genetics, immigration status, social condition and police records.

Through the addition of these four grounds to the provincial Human Rights Code, protection would extend to jobseekers within the province.