CLAIM It is illegal to require a Covid test as a condition of employment, travel, etc.
The Act ammends the Canadian Labour Code (which applies to federally regulated workplaces) and defines "genetic test" as:
"a test that analyzes the employee’s DNA, RNA or chromosomes for purposes such as the prediction of disease or vertical transmission risks, or monitoring, diagnosis or prognosis.
Emphases on "employee" added. PCR & rapid antigen tests do not analyze a person's genetics. They recognize only the RNA of the virus, which is a distinct organism.
The Genetic Non-Discrimination Act ammends the Canadian Human Rights Act by adding "genetic characteristics" to the list of protected grounds for discrimination.
"Genetic characteristics" clearly refers to the genetic characteristics of humans, and not viruses. The presence of absense of a virus is not a "genetic characteristic" of the human.
The remainder of the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (excluding the ammendments to the Canadian Labour Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act) only applies to commercial relationships involving goods, services, or other contracts and agreements. It would not apply to border crossings, for example.
The act defines "genetic test" as:
"a test that analyzes DNA, RNA or chromosomes for purposes such as the prediction of disease or vertical transmission risks, or monitoring, diagnosis or prognosis."
In isolation, you might be able to argue that Covid tests do "analyze" RNA, and that they can be used for diagnosis, but in context, it's obvious that the act is referring to the DNA, RNA, and chromosomes of the individual, and not a virus.
For example, the mention of "vertical transmission risks" (risk of transmission through birth), but not other types of transmission, and the very obvious purpose of the Act, which is to prevent discrimination based on a person's genetics.
It is not reasonable to conclude based on this language alone that PCR and rapid antigen tests for viruses are restricted under the Act.