토론토 - 지난 12월 온타리오 주 인권위원회(Ontario Human Rights Commission)는 아시아계 캐나다인 낚시꾼에 대한 수건의 폭행 사례를 포함한 차별 및 괴롭힘에 관한 기초조사 결과를 발표한 바 있다. 그 후 인권위원회는 정부부처, 지방자치체, 지역사회 서비스기관, 낚시/스포츠 협회 등 온타리오 주 전역의 주요 관계기관과의 공조를 통해 많은 진전을 거두었다.
Human rights in Ontario
The Ontario Human Rights Code is a provincial law that gives everybody equal rights and opportunities without discrimination in specific social areas such as jobs, housing, services, facilities, and contracts or agreements.
The Code’s goal is to prevent discrimination and harassment because of race, sex, disability, and age, to name a few of the 17 grounds. All other Ontario laws must agree with the Code.
Not all unfair treatment and not all harassment is covered by the Code. The treatment or harassment must be based on at least one Code ground and take place within a social area to be protected. For an explanation of discrimination and harassment, see What is discrimination?
If you believe you have experienced discrimination, the Human Rights Legal Support Centre can help you determine if what you experienced is protected under the Code. If you want to take legal steps to address an incident, the deadline is generally one year from the last discriminatory event.
The Ontario Human Rights System is made up of three separate agencies:
- The Ontario Human Rights Commission (that’s us) works to promote, protect and advance human rights through research, education, targeted legal action and policy development.
- The Human Rights Legal Support Centre gives legal help to people who have experienced discrimination under the Code.
- The Human Rights Tribunal is where human rights applications are filed and decided.
Human Rights 101 will help guide you through Ontario’s Human Rights System.