Despite previous declarations otherwise, both the CSDM and the EMSB are now enforcing Bill 21 for new hires.\nTeachers will not be allowed to wear religious symbols.\nBut, apparently the buildings are still allowed...\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nReligious freedom has faced another slight this week, after both the major Montreal school boards, the CSDM and the EMSB, folded to Bill 21 and confirmed they will be applying the law as this new school year starts.\nBill 21, known colloquially as the Religious Symbols ban, went into effect earlier this year and forbids any newly hired public servants from wearing anything religiously indicative.\nReligious symbols, as defined by an amendment to the bill, include garments, symbols, jewels, adornments, accessories or headgear.\nThe size of the object does not matter, nor the religion that it is associated with, although most critics of the law are adamant that it works to legitimize racism and Islamophobia in particular.\nIt is also important to acknowledge that many countless schools in both of these school boards still boast massive crosses on their facades, as evidenced in the photo above of École Saint-Gabriel-Lalement.\nIn the early stages of the bill through to its induction into law, both the Commission scolaire de Montréal and the English Montreal School Board were vocal in their intention to disregard the ban and not force compliance with teachers in their schools.\nHowever, both school boards have indicated this week that this is no longer the case.\nThose affected by the law include individuals working in parliamentary, governmental or judicial institutions, particularly in positions of power, as well as employees of budget-funded bodies, public transit authorities, and other public servants. The full list of individuals who must comply with this law based on their job can be found within the bill here, starting on page 11 (titled Schedule I).\nThis, therefore, includes teachers working in public schools as they are considered public servants.\nThough, apparently the buildings get a pass and are still allowed to be adorned with religious symbols, like the school seen below, École Paul-Buchési.\nGoogle Maps\nNews that the CSDM had begun to comply with the law broke when The Canadian Press reported job postings that indicated new teachers must not wear religious symbols on the job.\nREAD ALSO: Religious Groups Are Still Allowed To Hand Out Flyers In The Montreal Metro Despite Religious Symbols Ban\nThere is a grandfather clause that applies to individuals that are currently employed as public servants and wear religious symbols. These individuals will be allowed to continue to do so, however, any new hires into any of the positions mentioned above will be required to leave their faith symbols at home.\nView this post on Instagram The CAQ’s bill 21 is misogynistic, it’s racist, and it’s Islamophobic af. This country was built on colonialism, and assimilation has always been a tool to this end. Fuck the continuous institutionalization of racism and xenophobia. Fuck white supremacy. Fuck a saviour complex. #caq #bill21 #quebec A post shared by ليال (@layal.awad) on Apr 7, 2019 at 3:29pm PDT\nThe Quebec government has already had to speak to parents about the desire to pull their children from classes where the teacher currently wears a religious symbol due to the grandfather clause.\nThe Education Minister made it clear that shopping around for teachers would not become acceptable practice and that parents would need to get over it... though, just for now.\nWe reached out to both the CSDM and the EMSB and neither took the time to respond to our request for comment.\nView this post on Instagram #Bill21 this is a law passed last month in Qubec which prevents certain civil servants from wearing religious symbols and garb on job. The government's attempt to separate religion and state is more or less targeting Muslims and Sikhs. No one should have to feel like they have to choose between their faith and Career. . . . . #explore #explorepage #bill21 #freedom #qubecer #qubec #faith #career #muslims #sikhs #indian #pakistani #islam #muslimgirl #london #sikhism #freedomofspeech #feminism #viral #justiceforsudan #arabmemes #muslimmemes #browngirlmag #racism #discrimination #mybodymychoice #turbans #hijab #exploremore #explorer A post shared by @ brownbabestalk on Jul 19, 2019 at 6:48am PDT\nAnd while it was exciting to think these two huge institutions could and would stand up and fight back, a law is a law, and as governmentally-funded institutions, it's clear their hands are tied.\nWhat we will have to wait and see is how each individual who is considered to have the, "highest administrative authority," in each institution will apply the law and how strictly.\nWe will keep you posted as more realities of Bill 21 and the law put forth to respect the "laicity of the State," continue to unfold.