On June 30, 2008, the role of the OHRC in dealing with individual human rights complaints changed. As of that date, all new human rights applications were filed directly with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). During the transition phase, the OHRC continued to work on the cases already within its system. By the end of the 2009/2010 fiscal year, the OHRC remains involved in 45-50 of these cases.
On an ongoing basis, the OHRC will continue to monitor cases, to identify opportunities to intervene in issues of broad systemic or public interest at the HRTO, in the courts and in other tribunals such as the Social Benefits Tribunal.
OHRC annual reports have traditionally included detailed charts offering totals of new complaints, monetary damages, disposition of cases, referrals and cases completed for each fiscal year. In Ontario’s new human rights system, these areas are now covered by the Tribunal.