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OHRC launches the Daniel G. Hill Human Rights Awards to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Human Rights Code

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February 17, 2022

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TORONTO – Today the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched the Daniel G. Hill Human Rights Awards to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Human Rights Code and to share, recognize and celebrate the achievements made to advance human rights across Ontario.

“The OHRC wants to celebrate the important contributions people across Ontario make every day to protect, promote and fulfill human rights in the province,” said Chief Commissioner Patricia DeGuire. “These contributions deserve recognition. They make Ontario a place that recognizes the dignity and worth of every person, where people are able to enjoy equal rights and opportunities without discrimination.”

Daniel G. Hill Human Rights Awards categories

  • Distinguished Service: Awarded for outstanding contribution to advancing human rights in Ontario.
  • Young Leaders: Awarded to a person under age 30 (as of December 31, 2021) for their outstanding contribution to advancing human rights in Ontario.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Awarded to an individual for significant contributions over their lifetime to advance human rights in Ontario.


  • Nominees must be residents of Ontario
  • For the Young Leaders award, all nominees must be under age 30 as of December 31, 2021
  • Organizations and community groups in Ontario may be nominated for the Distinguished Service and Young Leaders awards
  • Self-nominations and posthumous nominations will not be considered
  • Nominations for members of the Ontario Public Service will not be considered.

Nomination procedure

To nominate a person or organization, write a letter (up to 250 words) setting out the reasons for the nomination, including specific examples of the nominee’s outstanding service and achievements related to the award category. Consider how their contributions:

  • Promote the human rights of other individuals and communities
  • Display ongoing initiative, leadership and dedication
  • Are innovative and creative
  • Engage community members.

Accompanying materials (such as news articles and letters of support) up to 500 words each are welcome.

Submit nominations and supporting materials by email to by March 31, 2022. If you are unable to submit materials by email, write to:

Awards @ OHRC
180 Dundas Street West 9th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2G5

Selection process

  • An internal awards committee will review the nominations and make recommendations
  • OHRC Commissioners will select the final award recipients.

Award recipients will be announced at an event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code in June 2022. Award recipients will receive a plaque and a profile feature on the OHRC website and social media channels.


Media contact:

Adewonuola Johnson
Issues and Media Relations Officer
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Phone: 437-779-1599