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OHRC releases annual report, Foundation of Freedom

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June 18, 2019

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OHRC releases annual report, Foundation of Freedom

Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) submitted Foundation of Freedom, its 2018 – 2019 annual report. This report highlights the OHRC’s work to provide strong, independent oversight over human rights across Ontario.

Foundation of Freedom shows the important role of independent human rights oversight agencies in promoting and protecting rights, and engaging with vulnerable and marginalized communities to make sure their concerns are at the centre of public policy decisions. The report affirms that human rights are the foundation of freedom, the rule of law and democracy.

“The right to equality is the right to exist as we are,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane. “It means that whatever our sex, race, ancestry, religion, ability or gender expression, we are free to live, learn and love in a way that is authentic and meaningful to ourselves and our families.” 

Foundation of Freedom reports on the impact of the OHRC’s work in the past year. Examples include:

  • Talos v Grand Erie District School Board, a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that limits employers across Ontario from arbitrarily cutting health, dental and life insurance benefits for workers 65 and over
  • Gallant v Mississauga, a settlement that addresses the harmful impact of stereotypes on Indigenous youth by requiring the City of Mississauga to remove all Indigenous-themed mascots, symbols and names from its sports facilities
  • A Collective Impact, the interim report on the OHRC’s inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service, which found that Black people in Toronto are more likely to have police use force against them that results in serious injury or death
  • OHRC v. Ontario (Community Safety and Correctional Services), a consent order requiring the government to eliminate the use of segregation for prisoners with mental health disabilities except as a last resort, and to publicly release data on all segregation use in all 25 Ontario correctional institutions
  • 10,100 community members engaged and 39,354 social media followers.

Also today, the OHRC released Together as One, its 2018 Community Advisory Group (CAG) report, which highlights the OHRC’s engagements with community leaders throughout the year.

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Media contact:

Yves Massicotte
Communications & Issues Management
Ontario Human Rights Commission/Commission ontarienne des droits de la personne
Phone: 416-314-4491
Yves.massicotte@ohrc.on.ca