As part of the Canadian government, the IRCC advocates for fair treatment of all Canadians, regardless of their background or ethnicity.
Canada’s leadership on human rights problems is widely admired, and the country’s ideals of diversity and tolerance are widely admired as a result of its moral stances taken around the globe.
On February 19, 2013, the Government of Canada officially opened its Office of Religious Freedom, within Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada. A Canada-based ambassador and a team of officials carry out the office’s mandate, which is to:
Save persecuted faith communities and fight for their rights;
Combat bigotry and prejudice based on faith; and spread Canada’s tolerant and accepting culture around the world.
Free exercise of faith or belief, including the right to gather in prayer without fear of persecution, is regarded in Canada as a fundamental human right. Through the Office of Religious Freedom, Canada will continue to work with like-minded partners to speak out against egregious violations of freedom of religion, denounce violence against human-rights defenders, and condemn attacks on worshipers and places of worship around the world.
Your religious rights are protected in:
Employment (e.g. job interviews)
Housing (e.g. hotels, rental housing)
Services, goods, and facilities (e.g. restaurants, education)
Contracts (e.g. cellphone contract)
Unions, professional associations, and other vocational associations
The Human Rights Act of Canada forbids the following conduct:
Forbidding access to resources
Disparate treatment involves providing someone with products, services, amenities, or accommodations based on a characteristic they have that is deemed unfavourable or distinct.
Declining to hire someone, firing them, or handling them badly while they were employed.
Using methods that prevent individuals from getting jobs.
Disparate pay for equal labour performed by men and women
Acts of retaliation against a complainant or a complainant’s witness who have been lodged with the Commission
If you feel that you have been discriminated against in any way, then you can contact: