Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Welcome to the Human Rights Legal Support Centre

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers human rights legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to Ontario's Human Rights Code. Our services may include legal assistance in filing applications at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and legal representation at mediations and hearings.

There are many problems that are not related to the Human Rights Code. A project of CLEO, Your Legal Rights is a website of free legal information for people in Ontario. This site has free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information produced by hundreds of organizations across Ontario.

Ontario's Divisional Court rejects police and doctor's efforts to bar human rights claims: The Human Rights Legal Support Centre successfully defended two clients seeking justice beyond the narrow scope of a professional regulatory body's oversight. 

Update: Gender identity application was resolved October 27th at the HRTO.

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Divisional Court Decision

What’s New at the Centre

Durham Police “tailored testimony” not credible: Racial profiling upheld

TORONTO December 22, 2015 - Joseph Briggs went to buy a sandwich. What happened next was the subject of a five-day hearing before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.  In the end, Vice Chair Alison Renton concluded Briggs was the target of racial profiling by Durham Regional Police Services when they ran his license plate in the parking lot of a restaurant and then followed him one hour later.    

“Objectively, I find that the racial profiling and discrimination … experienced, which included being racially profiled by having his license plate checked because he was black, and ‘trying to catch him’ is a serious violation of the [Human Rights] Code. The applicant went out at 1:30 a.m. to purchase a sandwich from a 24-hour restaurant, a relatively simple exercise,” read Vice Chair Renton’s 73-page decision.

Link to the media release and decision

Toronto District School Board Takes Action to Support Trans Students

The Toronto District School Board is moving to strengthen its supports for trans students and has successfully resolved a Toronto mother's human rights application on behalf of her son.

"As we collectively learn more about making sure trans children and youth are safe, we can build on best practices here in Ontario and across the country," said Janina Fogels, the mother's lawyer with the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.

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McGill Engineering graduate not "permanent" enough for Imperial Oil

Muhammad Taimoor Haseeb was the ideal candidate: top marks, student club president, mentor to fellow students and offered 4 full time jobs upon graduation.  Imperial Oil offered the young man a job as Project Engineer on December 2, 2014.  Imperial Oil rescinded the offer of employment on January 8, 2015 when they learned Mr. Haseeb was not eligible to work in Canada on a "permanent" basis.

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Provincial Aboriginal Human Rights Training Initiative: Indigenous Human Rights Project launched in Sudbury The N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre welcomed the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC) to launch the Provincial Aboriginal Human Rights Training Initiative.

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