13 protected grounds of discrimination

9. Age

If you are 18 or older

People cannot discriminate against you because of your age in 3 of the 5 areas:

  • employment
  • publications and notices
  • membership in trade unions

For example, an employer usually cannot make you retire because you are 65 years old.

Age is not a protected ground in these 2 areas:

  • tenancy
  • goods and services

For example, an apartment building can be for adults only.

George’s story

I am 60 years old. I applied for a job as a caretaker of a small apartment building. I’m very healthy. I can do the job.

Last week, I went for an interview. The interviewer asked me, “Aren’t you too old for this job?” He didn’t want to hire me.

I think I was discriminated against because of my age.

If you are under 18 years old

You cannot make complaints about discrimination because of your age. You can make complaints on all other grounds.