February 3, 2017 - Dear Minister Naidoo-Harris: I am writing to you in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s mandate to promote and protect human rights in Ontario. First, let me congratulate you on your recent appointment as the new Minister of Women’s Issues for Ontario.
The following information provides a limited sampling of how ‘gender identity’ (and related terms) is viewed in various jurisdictions.
The Ontario Human Rights Code states that it is public policy in Ontario to recognize the inherent dignity and worth of every person and to provide for equal rights and opportunities without discrimination. The Code aims to create a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of each person, so that each person feels a part of the community and feels able to contribute to the community.
Recent references to a transgender person in a column and in letters to the editor are of concern to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, because they advance some common misinformation that has caused serious harm to the transgender community.
OHRC and HRPA webinar on preventing sexual harassment at work
July 07, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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The Government of Ontario has taken another important step in its work to remove barriers and advance the human rights of transgender people. The OHRC welcomes Ontario’s new procedures and forms allowing for changing sex designation on the birth registration of minors.
May 23, 2016 - The OHRC believes that MGCS’ current system for storing and sharing information relating to name and sex designation changes discriminates against trans people in violation of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, insofar as it fails to protect privacy and confidentiality relating to transgender status and transition history. Disclosing information of such a sensitive nature not only harms dignity, but also can expose people to significant barriers, disadvantage, and even health and safety risks.
7.1 Direct, indirect and subtle discrimination
Discrimination may take many different forms. It may happen in a direct way. It can happen when individuals or organizations exclude trans people from housing, employment or services, withhold benefits that are available to others, or impose extra burdens that are not imposed on others, without a legitimate reason.
Discrimination may also happen indirectly. It may be carried out through another person or organization.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) invite you to a free webinar on preventing sexual harassment at work for human resources professionals, employers, unions, professional associations and employees.
The methodology for this discussion paper included:
- consultation with members and representatives of the transgendered community,
- review of jurisprudence and legislation in Canada and in other jurisdictions,
- literature review, and
- review of other human rights commission policies.
Although the reviews of literature and case law were not exhaustive, the intention was to identify significant trends and developments related to the issue of gender identity.