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Canada Dashboard Digest | House of Commons passes Genetic Non-Discrimination Act Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, July 30, 2021




Bill S-201, commonly known as the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, has passed the House of Commons, CBC News reports. The contested bill prohibits anyone from forcing an individual to partake or reveal the results of genetic testing as part of becoming employed, or before selling any goods or services. Punishment for breaking the law could be as much as five years in prison and a $1 million dollar fine. "There were some people who were fearful enough that they declined testing because of their concerns," said Toronto's North York General Hospital Genetic Counselor Clare Gibbons. "Now, I think some of that fear that was holding people back should be alleviated." Science reports on why the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act has been a problem for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 
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