Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, discrimination because of religion (creed) is against the law. Everyone should have access to the same opportunities and benefits, and be treated with equal dignity and respect, regardless of their religion. Religion includes the practices, beliefs and observances that are part of a faith or religion. It does not include personal moral, ethical or political views. Nor does it include religions that promote violence or hate towards others, or that violate criminal law.
The Code does not define “employment,” but the Commission interprets this word in a broad way. Employment includes full-time and part-time work, contract work, work done by temporary staff from agencies, probationary periods and even includes volunteer work.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
and the City of Timmins invite you to join us at:
Taking it local: An update on human rights
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
McIntyre Community Centre
85 McIntyre Road, Timmins, Ontario P4N 8R8
5.1 Ontario Human Rights Code
Under Part 1 of the Code, people are protected from discrimination and harassment based on creed in five “social areas”:
Adams, Michael. (2009). Muslims in Canada: Findings from the 2007 Environics Survey. Horizons, 10(2), pp. 19-26. Government of Canada, Policy Research Initiative. http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2009/policyresearch/
Freedom from discrimination
Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.
Observing the UN International Day of Commemoration in memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
Today is the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. It’s a day to remember the genocide that resulted in the murder of millions of Jewish people in World War Two, along with the systematic killing of people with disabilities, Roma persons, and many other minority groups across Europe and Asia.
Toronto –The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released OHRC Today, its 2014-2015 Annual Report, which focuses on mental health disabilities and addictions, bias-free policing and its work across Ontario on gender identity and gender expression issues.
Systemic faithism refers to the ways that cultural and societal norms, systems, structures and institutions directly or indirectly, consciously or unwittingly, promote, sustain or entrench differential (dis)advantage for individuals and groups based on their faith (understood broadly to include religious and non-religious belief systems). Systemic faithism can adversely affect both religious and non-religious persons, depending on the context, as discussed in the examples below.
From: Annual report 1999-2000
Breach of Settlement
Brad Bergman v. 474134 Ontario Limited, c.o.b. as Westwind Inn, Kristi Jensen
Quereshi v. The Board of Education for the City of Toronto
Alfred Abouchar v. Metropolitan Toronto School Board et al.
Bob Brown v. Famous Players Inc. and Capital Square Theatre)