1. The Ontario Human Rights Code, the in Canada, was enacted in 1962. The Ontario Human Rights Commission was established in 1961 to administer the Code.
2. The mission of Ontario Human Rights Commission is an arm’s length agency of government accountable to the people of Ontario through the legislature.
3. The Code protects people in Ontario against discrimination in employment, accommodation, goods, services and facilities and membership in vocational association and trade unions.
4. The 12 areas that are protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code that are included under ‘Issues’ are age, ancestry, citizenship, creed, disability, ethnic, origin, family status, gender expression, gender identity, marital, place of birth.
5. According to the code, an application form should not have questions that ask directly or indirectly about race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, record of offences, age, marital status, family status or disability.
6. According to the code, the term religion includes religious affiliations, churches, temples or other religious attended.
7. The code defines family status about whether a person has or may have children, whether a person has family responsibilities and whether family responsibilities limit the person’s availability.
8. The code states about employment rights, which is that every person has the right treatment in employment without discrimination.
9. According to the code, sexual harassment means that you have the right to be free unwelcome advances or requests for sexual favors made by a boss, supervisor or other person in a position of authority
10. If I feel I am a victim of sexual harassment I will alert someone I believe that will help me. The person could be police, local community agencies and/or women’s shelters.
11. The three examples of sexual harassment are; in housing or workplace, poisoned environment, sexual solicitation.
12. According to the code, racial harassment means that someone is bothering you, threatening you or treating you unfairly because of your perceived race, ancestry, place of birth, ethnic origin, creed, or citizenship.
13. The Ontario Human Rights Code protects you from racial harassment or discrimination, your rights are protected where you work, live, or get a service. These services include places such as restaurants, stores, malls, hotels, hospitals, recreation facilities and schools.
14. Racism is broader experience and practice than racial discrimination. Racism is a belief the one group is superior to others. Racism can be openly displayed in racial jokes, slurs or hate crimes. It can also be more deeply rooted in attitudes, values and stereotypical beliefs. In some cases people don’t even realize they have these beliefs. Instead, they are assumptions that have evolved over time and have become part of systems and institutions, and also associated with the dominant group’s power and privilege.
15. In Ontario the Human Rights Code applies to both tenants and landlords. Under the Code, every one has the right to equal treatment in housing without