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Deadline extended for organizations, individuals to speak out on human rights and mental health

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March 28, 2011

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For immediate publication

Toronto — The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has extended its deadline for written submissions to its consultation on human rights and mental health to April 30, 2011.

Some of the issues the OHRC wants to learn more about are:

  • The kind of information housing, service providers and employers need to know to help protect the human rights of people with mental health disabilities and/or addictions
  • The types of discrimination that happen based on mental health disabilities and/or addictions in the areas of housing, services and employment
  • If there are laws, policies, procedures or systemic practices related to housing, employment or services that disproportionately disadvantage people with mental health issues and/or addictions
  • What the OHRC and other bodies can do to raise public awareness, prevent and address these human rights issues

The OHRC will publish a consultation report with recommendations based on what it heard in a province-wide consultation that included round table sessions in four Ontario cities, focus groups, online surveys and written submissions.

“What we have heard so far is very impressive,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall. “We have already received over 1,000 individual responses. I encourage individuals to continue to respond, and we hope to see more employers, housing providers and other organizations adding their voices before we move on to the next stage.”

Submissions on behalf of organizations must include a contact name, organization, address, phone number and email address. Individual submissions can be made anonymously. All submissions/ comments can be sent to the OHRC by mail to: Ontario Human Rights Commission, Human Rights and Mental Health Consultation, Policy, Education, Monitoring and Outreach Branch,180 Dundas Street West, 8th Floor, Toronto, ON, M7A 2R9; by fax: 416-314-4533; or by email:

Human rights and mental health research and policy consultation paper