The Human Rights Legal Support Centre is an independent agency, funded by the Government of Ontario, to provide legal services to individuals who have experienced discrimination. The Centre will provide legal assistance to individuals in taking an application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to resolve a human rights dispute.
People in Ontario continue to face discrimination – based on a disability or based on their race, gender or sexual orientation, or on any of the other identified characteristics set out in Ontario's Human Rights Code.
The Centre is working to help people claim and protect their rights - by providing advice on its telephone inquiries line; by assisting individuals to file human rights applications; and by representing applicants at mediations and hearings at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
The Centre participates in community outreach initiatives with a human rights focus, working in partnership with Ontario's community legal clinics and with community organizations in various parts of the province, as well as with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Our goal is to inform Ontarians of the services provided by the Centre and to work with community organizations that can intervene to help an individual before an infringement occurs, whether at work, in securing housing or when dealing with service providers.
Our brochures provide an overview of the services provided by the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. Please feel free to print and use these. We also have a limited amount of printed copies available for distribution in English and French. If you would like to order some copies, please contact Jennifer Ramsay at JRamsay@hrlsc.on.ca.
About our staff
The Centre is headquartered in Toronto, and has lawyers in Brampton, Guelph, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor, Sault St. Marie and Thunder Bay.
The staff work in teams composed of lawyers, paralegals, human rights advisors and representatives, legal case coordinators as well as administrative and management staff. This structure allows the staff to share information, skills and resources and to problem-solve together in small groups.
Our legal staff come to the Centre with a wealth of experience in human rights, labour, civil litigation, and administrative law. Our lawyers and paralegal staff have worked at community legal clinics, employment law firms, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Information and Privacy Commission, the Ministry of Attorney General, the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, and the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal.
Our staff also bring a background of previous employment and volunteer work at a range of advocacy and social justice organizations including 2-1-1 Toronto, Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, Alternatives (mental health counselling services), the Canadian Arab Federation, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian Labour Congress, the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation, the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples, the Chinese Canadian National Council, Eva’s Initiatives, Human Rights Watch Canada, Jamaicans for Justice, Keewaytinok Native Legal Services, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Ontario Federation of Labour, Phoenix Rising Women’s Centre, the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, Women in Crisis, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and the Workers’ Action Centre.
The Centre’s staff collectively speak over 15 languages and we can provide service in about 140 languages.
Outreach and Continuing Legal Education
Our staff, including counsel, are available to participate in continuing legal education conferences and public legal education events. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like one of our staff to participate in a professional development or community education forum. Staff biographies are available on request.