Why do transgender and gender-variant people need legal protection- isn't everyone equal in Canada already?

Sexual Orientation is protected under both the Canadian Human Rights Act and the British Columbia Human Rights Code, but there is no such language protecting Gender Identity and Expression. Similarly, violence based on Sexual Orientation is classified as a hate crime but violence based on Gender Identity is not.

Widespread discrimination means that Transgender and Gender-Variant Canadians face significant barriers to accessing housing, employment, and competent healthcare services. Yet, there is no legal recourse under Provincial and Federal Law.  Having equal access to housing, employment is a basic human right that needs to be explicitly ensured for all Canadians.