News from Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is an arm's length agency of government accountable to the Legislature through the Attorney General. The Commission's mandate under the Code includes: promoting a culture of human rights; conducting public inquiries; initiating its own applications (formerly called "complaints"); intervening in proceedings at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO); focusing on engaging in proactive measures to prevent discrimination using public education, policy development, research, and analysis.

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OHRC interim report on Toronto Police Service inquiry shows disturbing results

Between 2013 and 2017, a Black person was nearly 20 times more likely than a White person to be involved in a fatal shooting by the Toronto Police.

December 10, 2018

OHRC policy on preventing discrimination because of pregnancy and breastfeeding

This information from the Ontario Human Rights Commission explains when and why the Code applies with regard to breastfeeding.

July 20, 2018

Indigenous spiritual practices are protected under Ontario's Human Rights Code

The Ontario Human Rights Code recognizes the dignity and worth of every person in Ontario, including status, non-status, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. 

June 21, 2018

June 19: Taking it local Timmins: An update on human rights

When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: McIntyre Community Centre, 85 McIntyre Road, Timmins, Ontario P4N 8R8 

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the City of Timmins invite you to join them at Taking it local: An update on human rights. 

May 28, 2018

Call for participants: Public interest inquiry into racial profiling and discrimination by the Toronto Police

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is inviting people to take part in its inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

March 19, 2018

21 February: Reflections on rights: James Anaya speaks on Indigenous Peoples and human rights

When: Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Jackman Law Building, U of T Faculty of Law, 78 Queens Park, Moot Court Room, J250, Toronto, ON M5S 2C5

James Anaya is Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, former U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and an international human rights lawyer.

February 13, 2018

OHRC supports Bill to improve Human Rights Code

Bill 164 would amend the Human Rights Code to include social condition, police records, genetic characteristics, and immigration status as prohibited grounds of discrimination.

October 05, 2017

May 11: Taking it local: An update on human rights, London

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: London Convention Centre, 300 York St., London, ON N6B 1P8

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the City of London invite you to Taking it local: An update on human rights, in London, ON.

April 12, 2017

March 2: Training on the OHRC Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed, Thunder Bay

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Provincial Government Building, 189 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, P7B 1A2

This free, one-day event features an overview of key issues in the new policy, including forms of discrimination based on creed and the duty to accommodate creed beliefs and practices.

February 09, 2017

Coalition of agencies launches ad campaign to challenge Islamophobia and racism

A coalition of national and provincial organizations and agencies has partnered to launch an awareness raising campaign that encourages Ontarians to stand up to Islamophobia and racism.

January 23, 2017

‘Something is wrong’ says Chief Human Rights Commissioner

Ontario’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner is calling for a change in behaviour from people in and outside of the judicial system towards Indigenous Peoples.

January 04, 2017

November 25: Training on the OHRC Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed

When: Friday, November 25, 2016, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Nipissing University, 100 College Drive, North Bay

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), Nipissing University, and the Canadian Multifaith Federation invite you to a FREE one-day event at Nipissing College in North Bay.

October 25, 2016

Updated OHRC policy on drug and alcohol testing gives valuable guidance on protecting rights

The new policy offers guidance to Ontario employers and employees about drug and alcohol testing and about potential human rights concerns arising from testing.

October 13, 2016

OHRC calls on police prosecutor to address racial profiling in Neptune 4 case

The OHRC's response to the denial of their motion for leave to intervene in the Neptune 4 case on jurisdictional grounds. 

July 11, 2016

Ontario Human Rights Commission response to Orlando mass shooting

"We will continue to push for stronger protections in law for LGBTQ persons. We will continue to push for an end to the heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia which limits people's full participation in society."

June 14, 2016

February 16: Public lecture to look at new ways to stamp out racial profiling

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Moot Court Lecture Hall, Osgoode Hall, York University

With keynote speaker Haroon Siddiqui, panelists Anthony Morgan, African Canadian Legal Clinic; Chief Keeter Corston, Chapleau Cree First Nation; Faisal Bhabha, Nat. Council of Canadian Muslims.

February 04, 2016

New documentation guidelines for accommodating students with mental health disabilities

January 6, 2016 - Toronto - Navi Dhanota, represented by ARCH Disability Law Centre; York University and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) have worked together to develop new documentation guidelines to access academic accommodations. The change in guidelines means that students will no longer have to disclose their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) diagnosis to register for mental health accommodations and supports.

January 06, 2016

October 5: Taking it local: An update on human rights - Peel Region

When: Monday, October 5, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Centre for Health and Safety Innovation, 5110 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga, L4W 0A1

Registration: Register online by September 22, 2015 at or by calling Alicia Carr at 416-314-4526. Please specify your preferred morning and afternoon concurrent session.

Sessions will include human rights and mental health and addictions, Indigenous peoples, creed, gender identity and expression, competing human rights, and systemic discrimination.

October 02, 2015

Racial profiling survey from the Ontario Human Rights Commission

The OHRC wants to hear from members of the public about their perceptions and experiences of racial profiling and invites them to take their survey.

July 16, 2015

Racial profiling survey: Ontario Human Rights Commission

The OHRC invites you to complete their survey on your perceptions and experiences of racial profiling.

June 25, 2015