If you believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment, you may be able to file an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). The HRTO resolves claims of discrimination and harassment brought under the Human Rights Code, a law that protects people in Ontario from discrimination and harassment in five areas:

  • Contracts
  • Employment
  • Accommodation (housing)
  • Goods, services and facilities
  • Membership in trade and vocational associations

The Code prohibits discrimination and harassment on any of the following grounds:

  • Race
  • Colour
  • Ancestry
  • Creed
  • Place of origin
  • Citizenship
  • Ethnic origin
  • Disability
  • Sex, including sexual harassment and pregnancy
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Family status
  • Gender expression
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Receipt of public assistance (Applies only to claims about housing.)
  • Record of offences (Applies only to claims about employment and to criminal convictions for which you have received a pardon.)

Human Rights is a complex area of law which requires a thorough understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code along with the practice and procedures of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. It is extremely difficult to navigate this area of law as a self represented individual. We will provide professional assistance you can count on.