The Canadian province of Nova Scotia announced this morning that it intends to join Ontario, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories as jurisdictions which explicitly include transgender people in human rights legislation.
The amendments to be tabled today, Nov. 20, by Justice Minister Ross Landry will add gender identity and gender expression as protected grounds in the Human Rights Act.
Nova Scotians denied an apartment or job because they are transgender will be able to file a human rights complaint on that basis. Before, they would have had to file a complaint based on sex or disability.
“Making this change is the right thing to do. Transgender Nova Scotians deserve the same legal protection that the rest of us take for granted,” said Landry.