The Canadian Human Rights Act protects people in Canada from discrimination when they are employed by or receive services from the federal government, First Nations governments or private companies that are regulated by the federal government.

Grounds of discrimination protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act:

  • race

  • national or ethnic origin

  • colour

  • religion

  • age

  • sex

  • sexual orientation

  • gender identity or expression

  • marital status

  • family status

  • disability

  • genetic characteristics

  • a conviction for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended

For more information on how to file a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, visit the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s website.