Breastfeeding: Your Ontario Human Rights

Right to Breastfeed

Advocating for the right to breastfeed anytime and anywhere in Canada is important to create a supportive culture for breastfeeding.

According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission:
In Ontario, women are legally protected from discrimination and harassment because of sex. The protection includes pregnancy and breastfeeding. Nursing mothers have the right to breastfeed a child in a public area. No one should prevent a woman from nursing simply because they are in a public area. No one should ask a woman to “cover up”, disturb them or ask them to move to another area that is more discreet.

According to recommendation 7.59 of the Federal Labour Standards Review:
“Employers should provide for short breaks during working hours to afford nursing employees reasonable time off, without pay, to breastfeed a child and /or to express milk on the work site. Similar breaks should also be available to employees who need them to inject medications or for similar medical purposes. Such breaks should be subject to operational considerations, but should not be unreasonably denied.

Additional information can be found in "How to Be a Family Friendly Workplace".