Global Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Poor and transgendered to be protected under Manitoba human rights code
The Canadian Press
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:14 PM
WINNIPEG - Manitoba is expanding its human rights code to cover gender
identity, homelessness and the poor.
Justice Minister Andrew Swan introduced a bill Wednesday that would
prevent people from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and
"social disadvantage" — a broad category that includes low-income
earners, the homeless and people with little education.
"If somebody is looking for an apartment and they can show they can
pay the rent, but because they've been unemployed for a period of
time, the landlord simply decides on that basis alone they're not
going to rent to them, that could be something the (human rights)
commission could consider," Swan said.
The same protection would apply to a homeless person who is turned
away by a taxi driver, as long as the person shows they can pay their
People who have undergone or are to undergo gender reassignment
surgery would be protected as well from discrimination in the
workplace, the housing market and elsewhere.
The province's human rights code already forbids discrimination on the
basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status and other factors.
People who feel they have suffered discrimination can file a
complaint, and offenders can be ordered to pay compensation or provide
Swan said Quebec already has similar protection for the poor, and
Ontario has recently introduced protection for transgendered people.
The human rights commission indicated to the province that it was
interested in covering transgendered and low-income earners, Swan
said, so the government has set out the new protection in law.
© The Canadian Press, 2012
© Shaw Media Inc., 2012. All rights reserved.