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Thursday, February 11, 2016
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The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code promotes and protects individual dignity and equal rights.

The Code prohibits discrimination because of:

  • age (over 18 years);
  • ancestry;
  • colour;
  • race;
  • nationality;
  • place of origin;
  • family status;
  • marital status;
  • mental or physical disability;
  • receipt of public assistance;
  • religion;
  • creed;
  • sex (covers sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination); and
  • sexual orientation.

Discrimination is prohibited with respect to:

  • contracts;
  • education;
  • employment;
  • gender identity;
  • housing;
  • professional and trade associations;
  • public services (such as restaurants, stores, hotels and government services);
  • publications;
  • purchase of property;
  • occupations; and
  • trade unions.

The Bill of Rights sections of the Code make it illegal for someone to violate another person's fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and freedom of association.

The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code sets out the procedure for filing a complaint of discrimination with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. The Commission is required to investigate complaints, attempt to settle them and dismiss complaints that lack merit. The Commission may also require that the parties participate in mediation.  When the Commission is unable to achieve a settlement, the Chief Commissioner may apply to the Court of Queen's Bench for a hearing of the complaint.

No one may retaliate against another person because he or she brought a complaint to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission or because he or she co-operated in the investigation of a complaint.

The Code also authorizes the Commission to order or approve programs designed to reduce disadvantages to groups of individuals when those disadvantages are based upon a ground of discrimination prohibited by the Code. These programs are called "equity programs".

In addition, the Code gives the Commission responsibility for reducing discrimination through research and public education.

As of November 17, 2007, the Code no longer protects mandatory retirement policies.

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