News from Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC)

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers human rights legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination. The Centre's services range from legal assistance in filing an application at the Tribunal to legal representation on human rights applications.

Please note: Because the Human Rights Legal Support Centre serves all of Ontario, they encourage intake through their telephone advice line at 1-866-625-5179 and not by in-person drop-in.

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New video from Human Rights Legal Support Centre and Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

This video provides information to Indigenous people about Ontario's Human Rights Code and how to get free legal help from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. 

December 04, 2017

Charline Grant Settles Human Rights Case with York Region District School Board

After a long struggle, Charline Grant has received a full apology from the school board and assurances of concrete steps to stamp out racism at the Board.

May 18, 2017

Durham Police “tailored testimony” not credible: Racial profiling upheld

Joseph Briggs went to buy a sandwich. What happened next was the subject of a five-day hearing before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.  In the end, Vice Chair Alison Renton concluded Briggs was the target of racial profiling by Durham Regional Police Services when they ran his license plate in the parking lot of a restaurant and then followed him one hour later.    

December 22, 2015

HRTO Ruling: Shoppers employee 'influenced, consciously or unconsciously, by the stereotype that Black people are thieves'

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) has found that a woman was racially profiled by staff at her local Shoppers Drug Mart store when accused of shoplifting and searched.

October 08, 2015

Indigenous Human Rights Project launched in Sudbury

The Provincial Aboriginal Human Rights Training Initiative will deliver training across the province to promote access to legal services for Indigenous people experiencing discrimination.

September 22, 2015

Metcap settles tenant's human rights claim with new Ontario-wide disability policies

Metcap Living Management Inc. has agreed to implement a comprehensive policy and procedure relating to the accommodation of disabilities in all buildings managed by them in Ontario.

August 11, 2015

Ontario's Divisional Court rejects police and doctor's efforts to bar human rights claims

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre has successfully defended two clients seeking justice beyond the narrow scope of a professional regulatory body's oversight.

May 28, 2015

Legal Centre argues back-to-back judicial reviews on racial profiling and gender identity

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre is defending two key decisions of the Human Rights Tribunal on Monday, April 20, at Ontario's Divisional Court.

April 16, 2015

Fourth and final municipality settles legal challenge over discriminatory bylaws - Ontarians with disabilities free to live in neighbourhood of their choice

Toronto, Sarnia, Smiths Falls, and Kitchener have all removed the sections of their zoning bylaws that had limited supportive housing for people with disabilities within their municipalities.

October 07, 2014

Ministry of Health to develop Trillium Drug Benefit Program policy on accessibility and accommodation

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre has negotiated settlement that includes a comprehensive plan to ensure timely access to critical pharmaceutical information for customers with vision loss.

September 30, 2014

Prospective tenant awarded $10,000 for landlord's discriminatory treatment

Megan Evans Maxwell acted for the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) in this case and is now counsel at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.

August 19, 2014

Town of Greater Napanee settles human rights claim with disabled residents

The Town of Greater Napanee has reached an agreement with residents of a group home saying the residents are entitled to live in the neighbourhood of their choice without discrimination.

June 06, 2013

Toronto taxi companies clamp down on extra charges for disabled passengers

A frequent user of taxis, Alessia Di Virgilio was regularly quoted double or triple the fare because she uses a wheelchair.

April 16, 2013

Human Rights Legal Support Centre Spring 2013 newsletter now available

The focus of this issue of the HRLSC newsletter is accommodation, in employment, housing, and services.

March 21, 2013

Town egged on neighbours taunting people with developmental disabilities

Group home residents have filed human rights applications against the Town of Napanee, claiming discrimination in services.

August 13, 2012

Ontario Human Rights Review

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre is reminding interested people and organizations that the Ontario Human Rights Review is evaluating the effectiveness of the changes to Ontario's human rights enforcement system.

January 18, 2012

Fall 2011 Human Rights Legal Support Centre Newsletter now available

Topics include making a human rights claim in Ontario, race-based cases, and three-year review of Ontario's human rights system.

November 01, 2011