Universities Canada adopts non-discrimination bylaw

October 31, 2016

Universities Canada’s members have voted to adopt a new non-discrimination bylaw that commits all members to adopt policies and practices that ensure the equal treatment of all persons at those universities. The criterion specifically states that member institutions will not discriminate on the basis of “of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, physical or mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status, sex, and sexual orientation, or other grounds identified in applicable human rights law.” Universities Canada President Paul Davidson welcomed the decision, which he said “sends a signal to Canadians that higher education in this country will treat all students, faculty and staff fairly.” Current members of Universities Canada reportedly have until 2020 to make any required changes to meet the criterion, while new members will need to meet it immediately. Universities Canada | University Affairs