REGINA – Saskatchewan has passed legislation that clarifies its human rights code and explicitly protects transgender people under law.
The amendments to the code include prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of gender identity.
Justice Minister Gordon Wyant says the changes bring Saskatchewan in line with other provinces.
He adds that 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The legislation also repealed an exemption that had allowed landlords to refuse to rent a suite in their home or the other half of their duplex to someone based on the prospective renter’s sexual orientation.
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