Jean Cumming|Dec 10, 2014
This week, the Saskatchewan government amended its Human Rights Code to add gender identity as a prohibited ground of discrimination, joining the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador in so doing. It also amended the code with respect to discriminating against gay and lesbian renters, and increased certain penalties.
According to a CTV Saskatoon report on Justice Minister Gordon Wyant’s account of the amendment, “previously transgender people were implicitly protected under the code. Wyant says the bill sends a message to the transgender community that their rights are enshrined in law.”
The gender identity amendment may have been partly inspired by a September 2013 mediated settlement by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission after a bridal boutique was found to have violated the code when it refused to serve a potential customer because she was transgender.