Questions about human rights and the G20 events in Toronto: Do you have questions about your legal rights under the Code?
What human rights protection do I have under the Ontario Human Rights Code?
Ontario's Human Rights Code gives every person in Ontario the right to be free from discrimination in employment, in housing, in services and in facilities, and in entering into contracts. The Code protects equality rights – the right to be treated equally without differences based on personal characteristics such as race, gender or disability. Ontario's Code protects you against discriminatory treatment by public authorities, including police services.
The Code does not protect your constitutional rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, such as freedom of assembly and association, freedom of expression, the right to be secure against arbitrary search and seizure or arbitrary detention and the right to speak to a lawyer. To find out more about your constitutional rights, go to: www.cba.org/bc/public_media/rights/200.aspx
If you think that you experienced discrimination in respect of your treatment by police services or by any other service provider during the G20 events, keep reading to find out more about your rights.
Any person who has experienced discriminatory treatment may apply to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario seeking a remedy for the discrimination. The Tribunal's role is to resolve individual applications through mediation or by conducting a hearing to decide if what took place was in fact discriminatory. The Tribunal can make an order against a person or body if discrimination is found to have occurred. The Tribunal's process is designed to be easy to navigate. Information and forms are available at: www.hrto.ca
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers legal advice and assistance to people bringing a human rights application to the Tribunal. For information, go to:www.hrlsc.on.ca
The Ontario Human Rights Commission is responsible for public education about human rights. Among other powers, the Commission can conduct a review or inquiry into issues involving human rights in Ontario. Visit: www.ohrc.on.ca/en