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  1. Adding our voice on the AODA

    From: Annual report 2009-2010 Educate Empower Act

    For the past year, the OHRC has been busy reviewing and commenting on areas where standards are being developed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

    Disability continues to be one of the most cited grounds in discrimination complaints so this will continue to be a priority. People continue to face issues like getting a ramp so they can enter their apartment building, or being put on the end of the list in hospital emergency rooms because they have a mental health issue.

  2. Impact today, investment for tomorrow: Annual Report 2017/18

    This report charts the OHRC’s progress in creating a culture of human rights accountability. It provides an update on our work to achieve the goals set out in our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, Putting People and their Rights at the Centre, which focuses on Indigenous reconciliation, the criminal justice system, poverty and education—areas where even small shifts in the landscape can have an exponential impact.

  3. Reaffirming the rights of employees with mental illness

    From: Annual report 2008-2009

    In August 2008, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld the finding of discrimination of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in Lane v. ADGA Group Consultants Inc. After being hired as the most qualified candidate, Mr. Lane, a quality assurance analyst, was fired eight days into the job because he requested accommodation for his mental illness. The Court found that the employer had a dismissive attitude towards Mr. Lane and showed disregard for his bipolar condition. When he lost his job, Mr.

  4. Focusing on family: updating the pregnancy/breastfeeding policy

    From: Annual report 2008-2009

    In April 2009, the OHRC published an updated Policy on Discrimination Because of Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. The revised Policy reflects recent changes to the human rights system. It includes new legal cases about pregnancy and breastfeeding, more examples of discrimination based on pregnancy and breastfeeding, and more information on preventing discrimination in housing, services, goods and facilities.

  5. Rewriting the book on human rights in the workplace

    From: Annual report 2008-2009

    In November 2008, the Commission released its third edition of Human Rights at Work. This plain-language guide includes examples, best practices, sample forms and other resources to help people develop and maintain inclusive, respectful workplaces that meet the standards of the Code. The Commission has combined its human rights expertise with the publishing skills of Carswell Thomson Publishing to help make Human Rights at Work available across Ontario.

  6. Looking at legislation

    From: Annual report 2008-2009

    The OHRC developed a new monitoring and legislative review process to systematically track and report on the state of human rights in Ontario in accordance with its new mandate. One such area being monitored is the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The OHRC has provided advice and support through submissions, meetings, and presentations to AODA committees on Employment Standards, Transit, Customer Service, and Built