22. HRTO application review
An overview of key issues in the new policy including forms of discrimination based on creed, the duty to accommodate creed beliefs and practices, and accommodating Indigenous spiritual practices (new section).
November 25, 2016 - This FREE training day features an overview of key issues in the new policy and interactive scenario-based learning drawing from legal cases.
Religious discrimination persists
Many Canadians believe that religious discrimination is no longer a problem in contemporary society. They point to “multiculturalism,” recent efforts to promote reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, along with Canadians’ eagerness to resettle Syrian refugees, as proof that we have learned the lessons at the core of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - Free one-hour webinar features an overview of the Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed, explanation of various forms of creed discrimination, and an opportunity to ask questions about creed beliefs and the duty to accommodate.
It is not always possible to slot people’s experiences of creed discrimination into clear categories. Ways people face discrimination often blur together and overlap to a large degree. However, for this policy, it is helpful to describe the different ways creed discrimination can take place. The following sections cover some of the main ways.
This policy is a complete revision and update of the OHRC’s original Policy on creed and the accommodation of religious observances first published in 1996. It sets out the OHRC’s position on creed and accommodating observances related to a person's creed. The policy offers Ontario citizens and organizations ways to address and prevent discrimination and conflict based on creed in an informed, proactive and principled way.
Before you receive an accommodation request
Minimize the need for accommodation up front by inclusively designing policies, rules, procedures, practices and spaces with everyone in mind (including people of diverse creed faiths).
Create an open, inclusive and safe environment free of discrimination and harassment so that people feel safe and welcome to express or observe their creed and ask for creed-related accommodations, without fear of reprisal or stigma. For example, you could: