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The living rights project

The Living Rights Project is a web-based resource that combines the concepts of a “living library” and an educational feature on “what human rights are in Ontario.” This multimedia resource, which will be launched on June 15, 2012, will be a series of videos, short essays, letters, poems, songs and any artistic work that’s connected to human rights.

Three ways to tell the human rights story…

  1. Tell us what you think “human rights in Ontario” means.
  2. Tell us your personal experience or someone else’s story related to a ground of the Human Rights Code – what it's like to be a person with a disability, a person of a certain race or religion, an LGBTTQ person, an older person, etc., including people who are covered under multiple grounds, such as a racialized person with a disability.
  3. Tell us how the Human Rights Code has affected you or someone you know.

All submissions must talk about a life experience or understanding of discrimination based on one of the grounds of the Ontario Human Rights Code:

  • age
  • ancestry
  • citizenship
  • colour
  • creed (includes religion)
  • disability (includes mental illness and perceived disability)
  • ethnic origin
  • family status
  • marital status
  • place of origin
  • sex (includes gender identity and pregnancy)
  • sexual orientation (LGBTTQ)
  • race
  • receipt of public assistance (in housing only)
  • record of offences (in employment only)…

Who’s invited to submit?

Submissions will be accepted from all Ontario residents, with special categories for junior, middle, secondary and post-secondary classes and individual students.

Types of submissions

  • Essays
  • Poems
  • Paintings, drawings, illustrations
  • Photography
  • Songs (3 to 4 minutes maximum length)

How/when to send submissions

  • There is no final deadline for this project – the project website will be continually updated to tell the ongoing human rights story.
  • All submissions must include the contact information for the submitter(s)
  • Hard copy submissions – mail to:
    Living Rights Project
    Ontario Human Rights Commission
    180 Dundas Street West, 9th Floor
    Toronto Ontario M7A 2R9
  • Electronic submissions – email to:

Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must be accompanied by a signed legal consent form (signed by a parent/legal guardian for persons under the age of 18).
  • Group submissions must be accompanied by signed legal consent forms (signed by a parent/legal guardian for persons under the age of 18) from each member of the submitting group.
  • Any submission that includes the use of the image or likeness of an individual must include a release form signed by that individual or individuals.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the submitter(s).
  • Sources used or consulted in the production of the submissions must be credited.
  • Submissions cannot include any materials where permission for their use is required and has not been granted.

Submission content must not:

  • Insult or attack any group or individual (including name calling)
  • Use profanity or language (e.g. racist, sexist, hate speech, etc.) that demeans or slanders a person, group or organization
  • Include addresses, phone numbers or any other private information
  • Make threats or comments that incite violence
  • Suggest involvement in any illegal activity
  • Solicit business or donations
  • Include copyrighted materials, including images, unless express permission has been granted
  • Falsely claim to represent a person or an organization

The OHRC will be responsible for translating submissions into English or French, as needed.

The OHRC has unlimited use of submissions for all purposes related to the Livings Rights Project and other OHRC-related events and publications, but does not own them. We encourage participants to distribute their work independently, to further spread the human rights message.

The OHRC reserves the right to cancel or modify any guidelines governing the Living Rights Project at any time.

Criteria for selecting submissions

Submissions will be selected for inclusion in the Living Rights Project based on:

  • Relevance of message to human rights and discrimination.
  • Potential impact on target audience (is it educational, inspirational?).
  • Creativity and originality.
  • For video submissions: visual, audio and editing quality.

Videos and electronic media submissions

All electronic submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube, and the link to the video provided via email to
  • Email electronic content other than video, such as photography, songs or scanned illustrations, to
  • Submit songs in an MP3 or higher-quality format, and submit images as high-resolution jpeg images – the maximum size for each entry is 6 MB.
  • Signed release forms for every person appearing in the submission (or by a parent/guardian, if the person is under the age of 18) must be scanned and sent to, clearly indicating the submitter’s contact information and submission title.


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