Proposed changes to Universities Canada’s non-discrimination bylaws draw criticism

September 23, 2016

A group of critics have voiced concern over a change that Universities Canada has reportedly proposed for its non-discrimination bylaws. Convivium Magazine reports that the primary topic of contention is a policy forbidding any member institution from “exemptions for bona fide occupational requirements in an employment relationship to discriminate based on protected grounds, whether or not such exemptions would be otherwise permitted under applicable human rights law.” Critics have interpreted the change as stating that Universities Canada will sanction any member that adopts or enforces policies viewed as discriminatory for religious reasons, regardless of whether courts have upheld their right to do so. National Post | Convivum | Cardus