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Genetic Discrimination

CAGC Position Statement

CAGC Genetic Discrimination Position Statement


The CAGC is opposed to genetic discrimination. Genetic discrimination is defined as the unfair use of genetic test results or genetic risk determined by family history.


Individuals should not be deterred from seeking genetic services, undergoing genetic testing or participating in
genetics research out of concern for genetic discrimination. Individuals should not be coerced to undergo genetic testing by third parties. The decision to have genetic testing is a personal one and should be at the discretion of the individual.


Individuals should be protected from genetic discrimination by employers, insurers and society. The CAGC supports and encourages the immediate development and implementation of legislation to protect the Canadian public from unfair use of genetic test results or family history.


Fact Sheet: Genetic Non-Discrimination ACT - last revision June 2018


  Read the December 13, 2012 press release