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    Here is some information on your rights in the context of the crisis related to COVID-19. Please note that most of the content of this section is only available in French for the moment.

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    Racial profiling

    In 2003, the Commission began receiving complaints about racial profiling. The Commission was among the first institutions in Québec to reflect upon and raise awareness about racial profiling as a form of discrimination.

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    Protection of children and young people

    Children are full-fledged people to whom we must give a voice : it is in this perspective that the Commission has been acting for more than 40 years to protect and promote the rights of children and young people in Quebec, especially the most vulnerable children... vulnerable in society, such as those whose situation is taken care of by the youth protection services (DYP).

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    Service dogs and guide dogs

    The courts have recognized that service dogs and guide dogs as a means of palliating a handicap. The first court decision in Québec which upheld the prohibition of discriminating against persons who use a guide dog dates back to 1982.

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    Freedom of expression

    Freedom of expression is part of the fundamental rights and freedoms protected by the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, Section 3 states that “Every person is the possessor of the fundamental freedoms, including freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of opinion, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association.”

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    Hiring and pre-hiring process

    To prevent discrimination in the context of job interviews and pre-hiring application forms, the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms was amended in 1982. Accordingly, employers are not allowed to ask a job applicants questions regarding age, religion, sexual orientation, civil status, or any other personal characteristic, except if these questions pertain to a qualifications or skills required for the job.

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    Religious neutrality of the State

    Over the past 30 years, the Commission published several studies and opinions on discrimination based on religion, management of religious diversity as well as reasonable accommodation and religion. Based on its expertise, as well as its past legal opinions founded on Québec, Canadian and international law, the Commission analyzed Bill 62 and Bill 60 in a new window., both of which aimed to frame the religious neutrality of the state and requests for religious accommodation.

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    Migrant workers

    Since 2005, the Commission has addressed the plight of live-in caregivers and migrant farm workers in Québec.The Commission also works, since 2008, with the Comité interministériel permanent sur la protection des travailleurs étrangers temporaires peu specialisés, to defend and protect their rights.

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    Inclusive education

    Québec schools have gradually opened their regular classes to students with special educational needs, such as people with disabilities and learning disabilities, in the last 40 years. Although there has been a significant increase in the integration rate of students with special needs in regular classrooms, several barriers hinder their participation in these classes. The Commission has thus proposed an organizational framework to promote the learning of these students. Today, the Commission continues to propose courses of action to ensure their success in school, whether elementary, high school or college.

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    Social profiling and homelessness

    In 2004, the Commission established a committee on homelessness that included representatives from the City of Montréal and community organizations. This work led to the implementation of a number of initiatives designed to help the homeless, including the creation of the specialized legal aid clinic Droits Devant (in French only) and l’Équipe de médiation urbaine.

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