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Human Rights in Ontario

Ontario’s human rights system changed on June 30, 2008. Under the new Human Rights Code, a person who has experienced discrimination can file an application directly at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. As of June 30, 2008, all new human rights applications must be filed at the Tribunal, and not at the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

The Ontario's human rights system is made up of three separate agencies. The Human Rights Tribunal is where human rights applications are filed and decided. The Human Rights Legal Support Centre gives legal help to people who have experienced discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Human Rights Commission educates the public about discrimination.

  1. Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
  2. The Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  3. Ontario Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario deals with all claims of discrimination filed under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Tribunal resolves applications through mediation or adjudication.

Go to the Tribunal's website for:

Call the Tribunal for information about:

  • the Tribunal's processes for dealing with an application;
  • an application you have already filed at the Tribunal.

Contact information:

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
655 Bay Street, 14th floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2A3
Local : (416) 326-1312
Toll Free : 1-866-598-0322
TTY (Local): (416) 326-2027
TTY (Toll Free): 1-866-607-1240
Fax: (416) 326-2199
Fax (Toll Free): 1-866-355-6099
www.sjto.gov.on.ca/hrto/contact/


The Human Rights Legal Support Centre

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre provides legal assistance to people in communities across Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to Ontario’s Human Rights Code, and who may want to file an application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

How do I get help from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre?

Call us to speak to a Human Rights Advisor. We can be reached at:

Tel: (416) 597-4900
Toll Free: 1-866—625-5179
TTY: (416) 597-4903
TTY Toll Free: 1-866 612-8627

We make every effort to accommodate physical, mental, family, language and cultural needs. We provide service in over 140 languages, including American Sign Language.


Ontario Human Rights Commission

The Ontario Human Rights Commission works to promote, protect and advance human rights. Contact the Commission if you would like general information about human rights in Ontario.

Ontario Human Rights Commission
180 Dundas Street W., Suite 900
Toronto, ON M7A 0A1
Local: (416) 326-9511
Toll Free 1-800-387-9080
TTY (Local): (416) 326-0603
TTY (Toll Free): 1-800-308-5561
www.ohrc.on.ca
info@ohrc.on.ca