Toronto police and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General announced the guidelines in a release to resolve two separate complaints before the Ontario Human Rights Commission from Sikhs who were denied court access.
To be allowed in, a person must first identify himself as a Sikh to security officials and declare they are wearing a kirpan. The length of the blade cannot exceed four inches and the total length may not exceed 7.5 inches. The kirpan must also be concealed under a layer of clothing, the release said.
If requested, the person must also be able to produce other proof of faith, details of which weren't disclosed in the release.
Further consultation on formal procedures will be made in consultation with the World Sikh Organization of Canada, the statement said.
The kirpan issue has had mixed receptions in Canada. In January 2011, security officials at Quebec's National Assembly in Quebec City barred two people from entered the Legislature because of their daggers.
In March 2006, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled a Quebec school board's ban on a student's kirpan was unconstitutional.
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