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OHRC survey on poverty, housing, mental health and addiction disabilities


Complete the survey

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About the OHRC's engagement and consultation

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is conducting this survey to hear from people facing poverty and their experiences with housing and mental health and addiction disabilities.

In its Strategic Plan (2017–2022), the OHRC committed to working towards human rights protection for people who experience poverty. 

Research has shown two issues that can cause or sustain poverty are the lack of affordable, adequate and accessible housing and the experience of mental health and addiction disabilities.

In this context, the OHRC is undertaking an engagement and consultation related to poverty, affordable, adequate and accessible housing and mental health and addiction disabilities. After reviewing the findings, the OHRC will begin drafting a report to interpret the Human Rights Code (Code) in this area, along with related recommendations.

Understanding how the Code applies in the area of poverty will help to address human rights issues disproportionately experienced by groups protected under the Code, and exacerbated by systemic situations like the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our website to learn more about the consultation.


About this survey

The OHRC encourages people who are experiencing poverty, or have experienced poverty in the past, to complete this survey. Family members, friends or service providers who know someone who has experienced poverty are also welcome to complete the survey.

This survey is anonymous. Your device IP address, location data and contact information are not recorded. We will take all reasonable steps to make sure any personal information you provide is treated confidentially and is only used for the intended purpose above. Please read the Notice of Collection of Information on the next screen.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you are having difficulty or need help completing this survey, contact the OHRC at 437-775-5248 or by email at


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