From: Annual report 2004-2005
a) Broad protection for “employees”
“Every person” has a right to equal treatment in employment without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family status and record of offences.
a) Human rights training and education for employees
As is noted in Section IV-1a(v) – “Educate and train employees on policies and procedures,” it is expected that all employees will receive human rights training so that they can know and understand their obligations in the workplace. It is very important that this be done for employees providing services to the public and senior staff responsible for hiring, managing performance, accommodations, discipline and handling human rights concerns. Failing to train these key staff may lead to human rights claims.
a) Defining discrimination
Discrimination is not defined in the Code but usually includes the following elements:
This template may be used by an employer to meet Code-related accommodation needs, in consultation and collaboration with the employee. This form is a starting point for discussion and will need to be modified to address the specific issues that arise in individual situations. Additional pages can be added if needed. Electronic copies of this form are available online for download at www.ohrc.on.ca.
April 2012 - The main goal of this policy is to provide clear, user-friendly guidance to organizations, policy makers, litigants, adjudicators and others on how to assess, handle and resolve competing rights claims. The policy will help various sectors, organizations and individuals deal with everyday situations of competing rights, and avoid the time and expense of bringing a legal challenge before a court or human rights decision-maker. It sets out a process, based in existing case law, to analyze and reconcile competing rights. This process is flexible and can apply to any competing rights claim under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, provincial or federal human rights legislation or another legislative scheme.
ISSUE: Input on the International Labour Organization (ILO) Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention 111for Canada’s 2011 Article 22 Report as it pertains to the mandate of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC).
When a new issue arises, we often hear about it first in the media. And the media is often the best venue for commenting on an issue to a wide audience. Throughout the past year, we continued to use media interviews, releases and advisories, and letters to the editor to respond to issues, correct inaccuracies and educate new audiences about human rights.
Some of the issues where we received significant media coverage in the past year included:
June 28, 2012 - We’ve spent the past several months looking at the findings from our province-wide policy consultation on the human rights issues experienced by people with mental health disabilities and addictions. The report is scheduled for release in September 2012. (Volume no.2 No. 1.)
From: Annual report 2005-2006
The following are highlights of some of the significant decisions, settlements, and cases over the past year in which the Commission was involved.
Commission settlements and orders
Toronto District School Board (Commission Settlement)