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Name: Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (S.C. 2017, c. 3).
Country: Canada
Subject(s): Equality of opportunity and treatment
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2017-05-04
Entry into force:
ISN: CAN-2017-L-105616
Link: https://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex4.detail?p_isn=105616&p_lang=en
Bibliography: Legislation on-line Legislation on-line Department of Justice, Canada PDF PDF (DOC.NORMES) (consulted on 2017-11-28)
Abstract/Citation: This enactment prohibits any person from requiring an individual to undergo a genetic test or disclose the results of a genetic test as a condition of providing goods or services to, entering into or continuing a contract or agreement with, or offering speci‚c conditions in a contract or agreement with, the individual. Exceptions are provided for health care practitioners and researchers. The enactment provides individuals with other protections related to genetic testing and test results.

The enactment amends the Canada Labour Code to protect employees from being required to undergo or to disclose the results of a genetic test, and provides employees with other protections related to genetic testing and test results. It also amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the ground of genetic characteristics.
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