May 9, 2016

CALL TO ACTION: Ask your MP to Support Bill S-201, An Act to Prohibit and Prevent Genetic Discrimination

CALL TO ACTION: Ask your MP to Support Bill S-201, An Act to Prohibit and Prevent Genetic Discrimination

Bill S-201, An Act to Prohibit and Prevent Genetic Discrimination, has successfully gone through the Senate. On May 3rd, Liberal MP Rob Oliphant tabled the Bill for its 1st reading to get the process started in the House.

If passed, Bill S-201 will prohibit any person and organization from requiring an individual to undergo a genetic test or to disclose the results of a genetic test as a condition of providing goods or services to, entering into or continuing a contract with, or offering specific conditions in a contract with the individual. Bill 201 will provide much needed protection against genetic discrimination by ensuring Canadians are not unfairly targeted for their genetics.

10% of people living with Parkinson’s will have another family member with Parkinson’s in their family. Because of this, Canadians with a family history of Parkinson’s may be denied access to a wide range of services and opportunities based on their perceived future disability.

Let your MP know that you support Bill S-201, and that they should as well. It is very important that we as a community connect with our respective MPs to let them know that Bill S201 and legislating to protect genetic test information is important and critical to the health and wellbeing of all Canadians and the future of science, research and medicine in Canada.

Below is a suggested template letter to send to your MP. When you’re ready to send it, please ensure that you have copied us onto the email: advocacy@parkinson.ca.

TemplateLetterSupportingBillS-201

If you need help finding out who your Member of Parliament is, as well as what their contact information is, visit the Parliament of Canada website.

If you have any questions, be them about the Bill, the template letter, or anything else, please, feel free to reach out to Justin Manuel at 1-800- 565-3000 ext. 3478, or at justin.manuel@parkinson.ca.

If you’d like to do some reading on Bill S-201 yourself, click here.

If you’re interested in getting involved with more initiatives like this, consider joining our Parkinson Ambassador Network. More info here: http://parkinsonambassador.ca/