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.

What’s New at the Centre

Divisional Court Decision: Big Inc. v Islam, 2015 ONSC 2921: The Centre successfully defended their clients against a judicial review of the Tribunal’s decision to award over $100,000 to three Muslim workers discriminated against by a Toronto restaurant.  For the original toxic facts, read the media release about the Tribunal’s order.

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Tribunal decision: Sharpe v. Cheuk, 2015 HRTO 10  The Centre successfully argued the Belleville landlord discriminated against Mr. Sharpe on the basis of receipt of social assistance.  The Tribunal awarded $10,000 for the discrimination and $1,200 for loss of property and moving expenses.

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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. 

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Landmark human rights ruling: The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has found Presteve Foods Limited discriminated against two women from Mexico working under the Temporary Foreign Worker program. One of the two remaining complainants out of 39 received the highest damages award in the Tribunal's history‎. The Tribunal found that the women were exposed to sexual solicitation, sexual harassment, discrimination in employment, and a sexually poisoned work environment.

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