As the New Brunswick government introduced exceptional measures to contain and combat the spread of COVID-19, the NBHRC, pursuant to its mandate to protect and promote human rights in the province, reminds all New Brunswickers that certain population groups, including, but not limited to, seniors, persons with disabilities, racial minorities, and persons disadvantaged by their socioeconomic condition, could suffer harsher adverse impact of these measures.
Consequently, the NBHRC reminds government departments, employers, service providers, and all other stakeholders currently developing emergency response plans, that we all have a responsibility to ensure that the rights of vulnerable population groups are duly protected in these response measures.
The NBHRC has developed a series of questions and answers to help you understand your rights and obligations under the New Brunswick Human Rights Act during the COVID-19 pandemic. These questions and answers cover the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, tenants and landlords, and providers and users of services.
Disclaimer: The following answers do not constitute legal advice. The NBHRC continues to monitor the evolving situation around the pandemic, and it will update these questions and answers on an ongoing basis as needed.
Should an employer, service provider or housing provider fail to properly adhere to the rights and obligations under the Human Rights Act, a Complaint could be filed by the person who believes their rights have been violated.