The ground of family status raises wide-ranging and complex issues. It is clear from this consultation that individuals with caregiving responsibilities face a range of systemic barriers to full participation in employment, housing and services. The Commission heard that families cannot, on their own, resolve all of these barriers. Addressing them will require a coordinated approach from government, employers, housing providers, service providers, and the Commission itself.
policy and procedure development
Municipalities are urged to develop their own plan of action in keeping with these ten Common Commitments addressing three areas of municipal responsibility:
School Boards and Schools
- Make all classroom materials (handouts, etc.) available in alternative formats in a timely manner.
- Review local level practices to determine ways in which accommodation can be provided in a more timely manner.
- Decide their curriculum book lists in a timely fashion so that alternative formats may be arranged for students with disabilities.
- Provide interim accommodation for students pending the completion of professional assessments.
School boards in Ontario are under a legal obligation to adopt and revise policies, guidelines and procedures in accordance with the Safe Schools Act and Regulations and the Ontario Schools Code of Conduct. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB), for example, has adopted or revised, among other things, a Code of Conduct and an Appropriate Dress Policy,
Providers of restaurant services must comply with the requirements of both the Building Code and the Human Rights Code. Those who do not may pay a high price in terms of loss of a significant client base and damaged reputations.
Accessibility also makes good business sense, particularly in light of our aging population and the greater numbers of Ontarians exhibiting varying degrees of ability, as well as families with small children. All of these groups can benefit from accessibility features such as ramps, automatic doors and unobstructed passageways.
The following are suggested contents for an anti-harassment policy that is broad enough to cover all forms of harassment in the educational setting.
Finding the right consultant to help you develop human rights policies, get training or investigate or resolve disputes is a good investment. A good consultant can help you build a diverse and inclusive workplace, avoid legal expenses and reach diverse markets with your products or services. This fact sheet can help you use search tools on the Internet to find and choose the right consultant for your immediate need. There is no one “best” way to conduct on-line searching. The points offered here are just suggestions.
The Windsor Police Service (Service) and the Windsor Police Services Board (Board) for many years have been open to the concerns brought forward by various ethno-racial, cultural and faith organizations and communities. The Board and Service responded with Service-wide change initiatives aimed at protecting and promoting human rights and equity, including the development of a Diversity Statement in August, 2004.
In view of these factors, the Board and Service approached the OHRC proposing a project charter modeled after the Toronto project charter.
2011 - International law says that people in Canada should be able to get good housing that they can afford. To help achieve this in Ontario, tenants and landlords (or housing providers) have rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Code. Under the Code, everyone has the right to equal treatment in housing without discrimination and harassment. As a landlord, you are responsible for making sure the housing you operate is free from discrimination and harassment.