You will need to consider s. 14 if you are assessing legislation, a policy or a program where it:

  • promotes a particular religion or set of beliefs;
  • restricts or interferes with a particular religion or set of beliefs;
  • requires someone to disclose his or her religion or belief;
  • affects an individual’s ability to adhere to his or her religion or belief;
  • impinges upon or disadvantages a person because of the person’s opinions, thoughts or beliefs on a matter;
  • attempts to regulate conduct that will affect some aspect of a person’s worship, observance, practice or teaching of his or her religion or belief;
  • subjects conduct that is required or encouraged by an individual’s religion or beliefs to criminal penalties or fines;
  • places an individual in a position where he or she must choose between demonstrating a belief or participating in society;
  • prohibits or limits a person’s capacity to teach his or her religion or to attempt to convince others by appropriate means to change their religion;
  • requires certain types of conduct that may conflict with a person’s religion or beliefs;
  • compels certain acts that may be inconsistent with a religion or set of beliefs;
  • sets dress codes (possibly for safety or hygiene reasons) that do not accommodate religious dress;
  • relates to the drafting or application of planning laws in a manner that may make it difficult to establish or operate a place of worship;
  • imposes requirements as a condition of receiving a government benefit that prevents a person from adhering to his or her religion or belief;
  • restricts the capacity for those under state control (for example, prisoners) to comply with the requirements of their religion;
  • requires school children to learn about particular religions or beliefs or to be taught materials that might have the effect of undermining their religious beliefs.


These policy triggers are not comprehensive.