Historic Day for Human Rights

As Canadians, we should feel free and safe to be ourselves.

Bill C-16, guaranteeing human rights to transgender people across Canada, was introduced today in Ottawa.

“I’m proud to say that, moments ago, I introduced legislation – Bill C-16 – [to] ensure that Canadians will be free to identify themselves and to express their gender as they wish,” said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Cheers rang out on Parliament Hill and across the country as Bill C-16 was announced outside the House of Commons.

“Diversity and inclusion have long been among the values that Canadians embrace and Canadians expect their government to reflect these values,” Wilson-Raybould said to great applause.

Although the fight to include gender identity in the Canadian Human Rights Act has been ongoing for over a decade, this is the first time that such legislation has been introduced by a sitting government. MCC Toronto is delighted to call upon all MPs to support Bill C-16 with unanimous approval. Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes celebrates today’s announcement, a tribute to all of the transgender activists who have been working so hard for this day, and calls upon the Senate to give quick approval to the bill once it is passed by the House of Commons.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the new legislation “will help ensure transgender and other gender-diverse people can live according to their gender identity, free from discrimination, and protected from hate propaganda and hate crimes.”