Section 16 Canadian Human Rights Act 1985 is about Special programs. It is under Part I (Proscribed Discrimination) and ‘Discriminatory Practices’ of the Act.
(1) It is not a discriminatory practice for a person to adopt or carry out a special program, plan or arrangement designed to prevent disadvantages that are likely to be suffered by, or to eliminate or reduce disadvantages that are suffered by, any group of individuals when those disadvantages would be based on or related to the prohibited grounds of discrimination, by improving opportunities respecting goods, services, facilities, accommodation or employment in relation to that group.
Advice and assistance
(2) The Canadian Human Rights Commission, may (a) make general recommendations concerning desirable objectives for special programs, plans or arrangements referred to in subsection (1); and
(b) on application, give such advice and assistance with respect to the adoption or carrying out of a special program, plan or arrangement referred to in subsection (1) as will serve to aid in the achievement of the objectives the program, plan or arrangement was designed to achieve.
Collection of information relating to prohibited grounds
(3) It is not a discriminatory practice to collect information relating to a prohibited ground of discrimination if the information is intended to be used in adopting or carrying out a special program, plan or arrangement under subsection (1).