2. The OHRC’s mandate


The OHRC provides leadership for the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights, and builds partnerships across the human rights system and society. In pursuit of our vision and mandate, we:
  • Empower people to realize their rights
  • Ensure those responsible for upholding human rights do so
  • Advocate for the full realization of human rights
  • Work with our independent partners at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Develop and encourage the implementation of human rights policies
  • Conduct research
  • Monitor developments, trends, problem areas and case law involving human rights issues
  • Use our legal powers to pursue remedies in the public interest
  • Carry out public interest inquiries where appropriate
  • Educate and build capacity
  • Report on the state of human rights to the people of Ontario