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Older Adults & Human Rights

The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code deals with discrimination in the areas of schooling, housing, public services, contracts, publications and employment. In these areas it is against the law to discriminate against individuals on the basis of age after the age of 17.

The Code also prohibits discrimination based on ancestry, race, perceived race, nationality, place of origin, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, family status, marital status, receipt of public assistance or gender identity.

Senior's Housing

Although discrimination is generally prohibited in the area of housing, the Code does allow for housing units to be offered exclusively to adults over the age of 55. Such housing developments are sometimes referred to as independent retirement communities or seniors' housing.

Mandatory Retirement

In 2007, changes to The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code eliminated mandatory retirement. Employers cannot end an older person's employment just because the employee has reached a certain age. In some instances, employers may be able to terminate an older person's employment if the employer can show that advancing age affects their ability to perform duties required for the job.

Older adults can still choose to retire at age 65 or earlier; they just cannot be forced out of a job based solely on their age.

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