Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ministry of the A.G. Ontario Press Release on Human Rights Protection

June 30, 2008 9:56 A.M. - Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario is leading the way in protecting human rights in Canada by launching a stronger system to prevent discrimination.

Starting today, everyone in Ontario has faster access to human rights adjudicators and legal support if they need it.

The new system reinforces Ontario's leadership in human rights and addresses systemic discrimination.  Here's how it works:

- A strengthened Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario offers direct, early access to additional adjudicators with the expertise to fairly resolve discrimination claims.

- The new Human Rights Legal Support Centre's team of lawyers and paralegals free assistance throughout Ontario for starting and resolving discrimination claims.

-  The Ontario Human Rights Commission addresses the underlying causes of discrimination with a strengthened capacity for public education, policy development, research and monitoring.


"The McGuinty government is building a stronger Ontario by safeguarding the human rights of our people so they can live and work without discrimination.  Ontario now has a better way of achieving the values enshrined in our Human Rights Code.

Chris Bentley, Attorney General

"Ontarians will have the opportunity to be heard by applying directly to the Tribunal, where experienced human righrs adjudicators will address discrimination claims in a fair and expeditious manner."

Michael Gottheir, Chair, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

"We have created a team of lawyers and paralegals to ensure everyone has access to the legal supports they need in the human rights process."

Raj Anand, Chair, Board of Directors of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre

"We now have a greater ability to help eliminate barriers and prevent discrimination by focusing on systems and sectors, intervene on difficult issues when they're needed, but also connect with communities through education and partnership.  That's the best way to advance Ontario's human rights culture."

Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission

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