Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal interim decision rules that it is discriminatory to deny group benefits to employees 65 and older.

A case between an employee and employer was recently brought before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. The case related to the termination of health, dental and life insurance group benefits at age 65.

In an interim decision issued on May 18, 2018, based on the evidence presented, the Tribunal ruled that the provision of the Ontario Human Rights Code which permits employers to cease benefit coverage at age 65 is unconstitutional. The provision violates the equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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