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In New Brunswick, as in the rest of Canada, people are protected by law from many types of discrimination. This law is the New Brunswick Human Rights Act. The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission enforces that law. It promotes equality and investigates and tries to settle complaints of discrimination and harassment. If a complaint cannot be settled, a tribunal can hear the evidence. If it decides that there was discrimination, it can issue orders to correct it.

The Human Rights Act is a provincial law that prohibits discrimination and harassment in:

  • employment
  • Public services:
    • schools
    • stores
    • motels
    • hospitals
    • police
    • and most government services
  • housing
  • publicity
  • certain associations

The grounds of prohibited discrimination are:

  • race
  • sex
  • colour
  • sexual orientation
  • national origin
  • physical or mental disability
  • place of origin
  • social condition, which includes source of income, level of education and occupation
  • ancestry
  • religion
  • age
  • political belief or activity
  • marital status
  • gender identity or expression
  • family status

If you think you are being discriminated against or harassed based on the prohibited grounds listed above you can file a complaint with the Human Rights Commission. You do not need to be a citizen or landed immigrant. It does not cost anything, and it is illegal for someone to penalize you because you file a complaint.

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