Section 54: Discriminatory advertisements
210.Section 54 makes it unlawful to publish or cause to be published an advertisement which indicates an intention to discriminate unlawfully. For example an advertisement for a car for sale in which it was expressed that persons of a certain religion would not be welcome to respond. The unlawful discrimination referred to in this section is that which is unlawful under the preceding provisions of sections 46 to 52.
211.Subsection (3) makes it clear that only the CEHR is to be entitled to bring proceedings in respect of unlawful advertisements and must do so in accordance with its powers set out in section 25. Subsection (4) provides a defence for the publisher of an unlawful advertisement, where it was reasonable for him to rely on a statement by the person causing the advertisement to be published, that the prohibition in subsection (1) would not apply.