Community partnerships that work
Our partnerships with legal service providers and community agencies allow us to maximize the reach and depth of human rights help and information delivered directly to the communities where people live in Ontario. Some of our community partners are listed below.
Connecting Communities is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario to improve access to legal information and services for those who don’t speak English or French or who live in rural and remote communities. “Connecting” projects are developed through partnerships between legal and community agencies to train front-line community workers on legal education and referral. The Human Rights legal Support Centre participates on the Advisory Committee to review and support applications for projects. Read about some of the projects that have been funded. The Centre has been a partner on projects related to human rights with organizations such as the Workers Action Centre, Justice for Children and Youth, and the Thunder Bay Friendship Centre.
Law Foundation of Ontario
The Law Foundation of Ontario has a unique mandate to improve access to justice for the people of Ontario and has funded human rights training initiatives to assist community service providers in identifying discrimination claims.
Ontario’s Community Legal Clinics
The Centre has provided training and legal support to legal clinics across the province to provide representation before the Tribunal and in litigating equality rights cases before other tribunals. Through partnership with clinics, the Centre has placed its own staff in clinics in Brampton, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Guelph, and Windsor.
For human rights services in any of these municipalities or surrounding areas, please contact the Centre directly. If you have experienced discrimination, you will be referred to the local HRLSC lawyer. The lawyers in these legal clinics and lawyers based at the Centre’s Toronto office travel to communities where mediations or hearings are held.
Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) is a provincial Aboriginal organization representing the collective interests of member Friendship Centres located in towns and cities across the province. Friendship Centres provide the country’s most significant off-reserve Aboriginal service delivery. They are not-for-profit and charity corporations that are mandated to serve the needs of urban Aboriginal people by providing culturally appropriate services in urban communities. The Centre has been working with OFIFC to promote the use of Ontario’s human rights system to advance claims of discrimination and unequal treatment.
The Campaign to Stop Police 'Carding' Now!
Stop Police Carding is a coalition of individuals and groups that works to support people and communities who have been negatively affected by police stops in Toronto (about 350,000 a year). The Centre is working with community-based organizations and the Law Union of Ontario to meet with community members who believe they have been stopped unfairly by the police on the basis of their race. The Centre and the Law Union will provide legal assistance in applications to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.