The Human Rights Commissioner's Office (HRCO) supports YRSDB staff, students and other community members in understanding their rights and responsibilities when dealing with human rights issues in our schools and Board offices.
The Human Rights Code is law in Ontario and gives everyone equal rights and opportunities in certain areas of society. We refer to Ontario’s Human Rights Code as “the Code”.
The Code is meant to provide protection from discrimination and harassment in five areas of our lives (known as "social areas"), and based on the 17 protected grounds (known as Code grounds).
The five social areas protected under the Code include:
Services, goods and facilities - including schools, hospitals, shops, restaurants, sports and recreation organizations, and facilities
Housing - the place where we live, regardless if we rent or own the property
Contracts - includes both written and oral agreements
Employment - including job postings, application forms, interviews, work assignments and environment, training, promotions, discipline, terminations, volunteer duties, etc.
Membership in vocational associations and trade unions – including ETFO, OSSTF, CUPE 1734, CUPE 1194, etc.
Policy and Procedure #240.0, Human Rights: Code-Related Harassment and Discrimination (Human Rights Policy #240) is aligned with the Code to support working and learning environments that are free of discrimination and harassment through a human rights complaints resolution process.
The Annual Report describes the important and ongoing work of the HRCO in addressing human rights complaints in compliance with Code and Human Rights Policy #240, as well as leading and supporting the YRDSB system through education, learning and professional development.
In addition to an impartial complaints resolution process, the HRCO develops and delivers human rights and accessibility education, learning and professional development for Board staff, students and/or Trustees.
More information about professional learning and training offered by the HRCO for YRDSB staff is available on the BWW.