Human Resources Legislative Update
Canadian Human Rights Act Amended to Delete Discriminatory Practice Relating to “Hate Messages”
Date: July 12, 2013
On June 26, 2013, a federal private member’s Bill, Bill C-304, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom), received Royal Assent. Bill C-304 amends the Canadian Human Rights Act (“Act”) by repealing section 13 “Hate Messages” as a discriminatory practice, to ensure compliance with the freedom of expression guarantee in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Bill makes corresponding amendments to the Act.
Bill C-304 will come into force on the day that is one year after the date it received Royal Assent.