The following excerpt is from Baltruweit v. Canada (Attorney General), 2005 CanLII 19794 (ON SC):
This was further explained by Iacobucci J. in Law v. Canada (Minister of Employment and Immigration) (1999), 1999 CanLII 675 (SCC), 170 D.L.R. (4th) 1 at para. 88 in subpara. 4 as follows: In general terms, the purpose of s. 15(1) is to prevent the violation of essential human dignity and freedom through the imposition of disadvantage, stereotyping, political or social prejudice, and to promote a society in which all persons enjoy equal recognition at law as human beings or as members of Canadian society, equally capable and equally deserving of concern, respect and consideration.