Twenty-five years after it was enacted, the provincial government (Government) is reviewing and revising the Police Services Act as part of its Strategy for a Safer Ontario (SSO). The OHRC welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (Ministry) on the SSO.
TORONTO – In April, 2019, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) renewed an agreement, originally signed in April 2017, to work together with the ultimate goal of ending discrimination against Indigenous peoples in Ontario. The renewed agreement reinforces our ongoing collaboration with urban Indigenous communities based on trust, dignity, respect and a shared commitment to reconciliation and substantive equality.
Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched Right to Read, a public inquiry into human rights issues that affect students with reading disabilities in Ontario’s public education system.
ARCH (A Legal Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities)
Association for Bright Children of Ontario
Association of Education and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Autism Society Ontario
Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre
B’nai Brith Canada
Brampton Caledon Community Living
Cameron Bay Children’s Centre
Canadian Council of the Blind (Ontario Division)
Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law
Canadian Hearing Society (North Bay)
Since 2005, the OHRC has been working with the Ministry of Education to build on the positive structural and policy changes reached in the “safe schools” settlement, which changed the way Ontario schools managed discipline. This is reducing the disproportionate effect that certain policies and practices have on racialized students and students with disabilities, among others. We are very pleased to advise that all of the terms of the settlement have now been implemented.
From: Annual report 2004-2005
Colvin and Jackson v. Hillcrest Variety, Gillies (complaint successful)
ex, sexual sollicitation, harassement
Henry v. Mrs Beasley’s Bake Shop Inc., Kuntz (complaint dismissed)
As part of a government program, Darlene, a grade 12 graduate, got a job with a local garden nursery. She was to help Mr. M., the owner, tend plants and shrubs, place orders and serve customers.
Mr. M's first review of Darlene's work showed that she was performing all her job duties exceedingly well. It was obvious that Darlene liked the work.
Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its new Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement at the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) CEOs Day. This policy, the first of its kind in Canada, offers practical guidance to help law enforcement identify and end racial profiling. The OACP is committed to the principles outlined in the policy, and more than 20 community and advocacy groups have added their support or endorsement.
From: Competing Human Rights
Read the following news clipping about a recent competing rights case. This is an example of Charter rights (creed and sex) versus another Charter right (right to a fair trial).
You can also watch a short CTV News video about the case.
Published Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
The Concept of “Social Condition”
The addition of “social condition” to human rights legislation has been proposed as one option for addressing economic inequality in Canada. As well, it is a possible response to the ICESCR Committee’s recommendation that social and economic rights be expressly incorporated into federal and provincial human rights legislation.