Canadian Human Rights Act

Version of section 2 from 2017-05-04 to 2017-06-18:

Marginal note:Purpose

 The purpose of this Act is to extend the laws in Canada to give effect, within the purview of matters coming within the legislative authority of Parliament, to the principle that all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory practices based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability or conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered.

  • R.S., 1985, c. H-6, s. 2;
  • 1996, c. 14, s. 1;
  • 1998, c. 9, s. 9;
  • 2012, c. 1, s. 137(E);
  • 2017, c. 3, s. 9.
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