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Have you been a victim of discrimination or a crime?

If you have been a victim of discrimination, contact PEI Human Rights Commission to discuss what happened and what you want to do:

If someone committed a crime against you, you can get help at Victim Services:

If you want help dealing with the justice system, contact Victim Services:

Charlottetown office:

Summerside office:

The PEI Human Rights Act protects Islanders from discrimination. Discrimination exists when someone is treated unequally. This may include a denial of a service or employment, or harassment towards someone who belongs to a certain group.

Guide to the PEI Human Rights Act

Discrimination is not always about treating everyone exactly the same. It can also mean failing to treat someone differently by not accommodating their needs.

The PEI Human Rights Act protects you against discrimination in certain areas based on prohibited grounds of discrimination. Here are examples of just a few of the areas that are protected:

  • Accommodations
  • Employment
  • Services and facilities available to the public
  • Volunteer work

Here are examples of just a few of the prohibited grounds of discrimination:

  • Age
  • Colour, race, and ethnic or national origin
  • Criminal conviction
  • Political belief
  • Sex (includes sexual harassment, pregnancy and sexual orientation)
So I am 15 and not allowed to drive a car. Is that not discrimination based on age?

Some PEI laws do discriminate against young people because of their age. This is allowed because the laws protect young persons. For example, you must be 16 to get a driver's license, 19 to buy alcohol or tobacco and 18 to have full rights to sign a contract. However, if you are under 18 you may sign a contract for necessities of life, such as an apartment lease, or one that benefits you in other ways, such as an employment contract.