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In the courts: family status and sex discrimination case

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The OHRC intervened at the Federal Court in Seeley v. CN, a judicial review of a decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The Tribunal had found that CN discriminated against Ms. Seeley by requiring her to relocate without considering her obligations as a parent. The Court has not yet released its decision.

OHRC interventions

OHRC interventions at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, 2011/12:

Disability and housing:

Dream Team v. Toronto (City)

Dream Team v. Corporation of the City of Kitchener

Dream Team v. Corporation of the City of Smith’s Falls

Disability and employment:

Seberras v. Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Disability and services:

Lawson v. Ontario (Community and Social Services) (16 cases; intervention begun in June 2010 is ongoing)

Zufelt v. Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Aganeh Estate v. Mental Health Care Penetanguishene

Race and related grounds:

McKinnon v. MCSCS (settlement reached in 2011)

Shallow v. Toronto Police Services Board

Claybourn v. Toronto Police Service

Leong v. Peel Regional Police Services Board

de Lottinville v. Ontario (Community Safety and Correctional Services)

Ferguson v. Toronto Police Services Board

Gender identity:

XY v. Ontario (Government and Consumer Services)


Ketenci v. Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University

OHRC interventions in cases before courts and tribunals (other than the HRTO):


Moore v. British Columbia (Supreme Court of Canada)


Phipps v. Toronto Police Services Board (Court of Appeal for Ontario)

Phipps v. Shaw (Ontario Divisional Court, Court of Appeal for Ontario)

Creed, competing rights:

R. v. N.S. (Supreme Court of Canada)

Creed, sexual orientation, competing rights:

Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. Whatcott (Supreme Court of Canada)

Family status:

Canadian National Railway v. Seeley (Federal Court)


City of Guelph (Ontario Municipal Board; case withdrawn when the City of Guelph repealed the bylaw in question)

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