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Ontario Human Rights Code

The Human Rights Code or the Code is the law protecting all people in Ontario from discrimination and harassment in the areas of employment; housing; goods, services and facilities; contracts; and, membership in trade and vocational associations. A person does not have to be a Canadian Citizen to be protected by the Code.  Persons who feel they have encountered an incident(s) where they have been discriminated or harassed under the Code, may file an application with the HRTO. The Code prohibits discrimination and harassment on any of the following grounds:

  Place of origin
  Ethnic origin
  Sex, including sexual harassment and pregnancy
●  Sexual orientation
  Gender identity
  Gender expression
  Family status
  Marital status
  Receipt of public assistance (Note: applies only to claims about housing.)
  Record of offences (Note: applies only to claims about employment.)

Click here to review the most updated version of the Human Rights for Ontario

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