Your rights in public services, transportation and places
You are protected against discrimination and harassment when you are in:
- businesses, restaurants, hotels
- buses and taxis
- parks and public places
- churches and other places of worship
No one can treat you differently on the basis of the personal characteristics that are prohibited grounds for discrimination under the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
The category of public services, transportation and places does not include federal institutions, like:
You are still protected against discrimination and harassment within these institutions, but it is the Canadian Human Rights Commission that intervenes in these areas.
Examples of discrimination
- A shopkeeper denies entry to someone who has their service dog with them
- A campground owner refuses to rent a site to a family because they have children
- A park security guard asks a woman who is breastfeeding to leave
- A grocer checks the bags of teenaged customers only
What can you do in cases of discrimination or harassment?
This video explains the rights protected in public services, transportation and places in American Sign Language (ASL)