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Update on the Genetic Testing Bill

Update on the Genetic Testing Bill

In case you haven’t heard, the Genetic Testing Bill has been passed by the House of Commons. However, the federal government subsequently announced its plans to refer the Bill to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) to determine if it is constitutional. A ruling by the SCC on this issue is expected to take a year or longer, and the Bill may not receive Royal Assent in the interim. If the Bill is found to be unconstitutional the federal government will likely engage in discussions with the provincial governments on how to deal with genetic discrimination.

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