No benefits past 65? That’s discrimination

Ontario decision comes long after restrictions around mandatory retirement
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/25/2018

In 2006, Ontario’s Human Rights Code was changed to protect employees against discrimination on the basis of their age, such as hiring, promotion, training or termination — including mandatory retirement.

But, for some reason, employee benefits didn’t warrant the same protection.

Fast-forward to 2018 when the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) decided that code, and related provisions in the Employment Standards Act, amounted to age discrimination and violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.