A Quebec school board has confirmed that a grade three teacher was removed from her post because she was wearing a hijab, according to the Montreal Gazette.
The teacher taught at Chelsea Elementary School, which is very close to Ottawa, Ontario. Under Quebec's Bill 21, government employees are not allowed to wear religious symbols.
This has been a particularly controversial bill, particularly in English Canada. Bloc leader Yves-Francois Blanchet gained support in the polls after he defended the bill during the English language debates.
The woman continues to work in the school "in another function," but is no longer teaching children. A number of parents have shown solidarity with the teacher by placing green ribbons on the school's gates.
"It’s shocking as a parent to see this come into action within our small little community," said one parent to CTV News.
"It’s very sad to me that we’re seeing Bill 21 come into action and the impact that it’s having on everyone involved," she added.
The school has since said that they had no choice to remove the teacher due to Bill 21. They further stated that most residents of the area, and indeed most staff, oppose the bill.