The BC Human Rights Commission has posted a guide addressing Covid-19. This document can be found here: https://bchumanrights.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/BC-OHRC_COVID19_Policy-V5.pdf. While this guide admittedly is not in place of legal advice, it is instructive of the Commission’s perspective. In this document, the BC Human Rights Commissioner is quoted as follows:
“In this time of rapidly changing circumstances, neither the Human Rights Tribunal nor the courts have had time to weigh in on whether COVID-19 amounts to a disability. However, in my view as BC’s Human Rights Commissioner, it does”.
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