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International: First Labor Complaints Filed through United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Rapid Response Labor Mechanism

(June 3, 2021) On May 10, 2021, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrialized Organizations (AFL-CIO) and other groups announced that they had filed the first labor complaint under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism, alleging that workers at the Tridonex auto parts factory in Matamoros, Mexico, are being […]

Canada: Supreme Court Rules American Indian Tribe Member Has Constitutional Right to Hunt in Ancestral Territory without a License

(May 5, 2021) On April 23, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada issued an opinion holding that an American citizen who is a member of an American Indian tribe with ancestral connections to an aboriginal group in Canada was not subject to criminal penalties under a British Columbia conservation law for hunting on public land […]

Canada: Government Reintroduces Bill to Amend Criminal Code Provisions on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

(Nov. 10, 2020) On October 5, 2020, the minister of justice and the attorney general of Canada reintroduced in the House of Commons Bill C-7, which amends the federal Criminal Code’s provisions on medical assistance in dying (MAID). The changes are the same as an earlier version of the bill proposed in the previous parliamentary […]

Canada: Privacy Commissioner of Canada Publishes Consultation Paper, Seeks Feedback on Strengthening Privacy Laws to Address Artificial Intelligence Risks

(Feb. 27, 2020) On January 28, 2020, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) issued an announcement update stating that it “is seeking feedback on how Canada’s private sector privacy law could be strengthened to address risks related to the use of artificial intelligence.” Canada already has a number of laws at the […]

Canada: Higher Standards Set for Workplace Diversity

(Sept. 19, 2019) Effective January 1, 2020, all publicly traded companies regulated by the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) must provide shareholders with details regarding the companies’ corporate policies on diversity among the board of directors and among senior management. In accordance with the passing of Bill C-25, An Act to Amend the Canada Business […]

International: Botswana, Canada Ratify Arms Trade Treaty

(Sept. 17, 2019) In June 2019, Canada and Botswana each ratified the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), becoming the 103rd and 104th states to join the ATT. The ATT will enter into force for Botswana and Canada in September 2019, 90 days after their ratifications. Botswana will become the 26th African country to join […]

Canada: New Bill Prohibits Religious Symbols for Public-Sector Workers in Quebec

(Aug. 6, 2019) On June 16, 2019, Quebec’s National Assembly, in a 75–35 vote, passed Bill No. 21, which prohibits the display of religious symbols by public-sector workers in the work place. The controversial Bill was the government’s fourth attempt in the past decade to introduce religious neutrality to the province. (Bill No. 21, An […]

Canada: Quebec Court Ruling Prolongs Stay of Uncovered-Face Provision

(July 27, 2018) On June 28, 2018, the Superior Court of Quebec ruled to stay the operation of section 10 of An Act to Foster Adherence to State Religious Neutrality and, in Particular, to Provide a Framework for Requests for Accommodations on Religious Grounds in Certain Bodies. The stay allows veiled Muslim women in the […]

Canada: Senate Passes Landmark Transgender Rights Bill

(Sept. 11, 2017) On June 15, 2017, the Transgender Rights Bill C-16 passed the third reading in the Senate of Canada, with a 67-11 vote.  (Phil Heidenreich, Senate Passes Bill C-16 Which Defends Transgender Rights, GLOBAL NEWS (June 16 2017).)  The bill officially became law on June 19, when royal assent to it was granted. […]