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How-to Guides and FAQs

How-To Guides

Note: This webpage is currently under development. Thank you for your patience.


Guides:

  1. Completing the Application (Section 8) –⁠ The Facts
  2. Completing the Application (Section 10) ⁠– The Remedies
  3. Interim Remedies
  4. Expedited Proceedings
  5. Respondents Response (Form 2) to an Application
  6. Applicants Reply – Form 3
  7. Access to Information and Protection of Privacy
  8. Requests for Orders During Proceedings
  9. Deferral of an Application
  10. Early Dismissal of an Application
  11. Summary Hearing

Introduction

These thirty-one (31) self-help guides have been created and posted to help you better understand the various legal topics that can arise in a proceeding at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO).  The legal issues and topics covered under the Human Rights Code (Code) are wide and varied and range over the entire life of a HRTO case – from even before you file an application at the HRTO to long after you have received a HRTO decision that finally decides your application.

All of the self-help guides provide general information only. They do not provide legal advice about your specific situation. To get information and advice about your own case, contact the Centre’s intake line. The guides are also not a substitute for a lawyer’s research, analysis, and judgment. The guides are reliable as of the date of their publication. Each guide has its own mini-introduction that tells you when the guide was prepared and posted. Of course, you should know the law and procedures under the Human Rights Code (Code) and at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) are subject to change and the information contained in the guides can become outdated. However, the Centre makes very effort to revise its guides in a timely manner to be complete and accurate as the need arises.

You will notice that certain words, terms and phrases found in all of the self-guides guides are bolded and italicized. These words, terms and phrases appear frequently in HRTO proceedings. If a word, term or phrase is bolded and italicized, then you can find it defined for you in our Glossary of Legal Words, Terms, and  Phrases and you can easily access the meaning of the word, term or phrase.

Finally, please note that the Centre has already revised many of its guides and is currently revising many more of the self-help guides that appear on our website.  It is expected that all of the guides will be revised, translated and posted before the end of 2021. We hope you find these guides helpful.


Guide Index:

Your Human Rights in Ontario

Your Human Rights in Canada


Glossary of Common Legal Terms


Choosing where to file your human rights claim or complaint


Limitation Periods


Legal Capacity and Litigation Guardians


Understanding Discrimination and Harassment


Understanding the Duty to Accomodate


Completing and Filing an HRTO Application (pdf file) Download the PDF


Completing the Application (Section 4) –⁠ The Respondents


Completing the Application (Section 8) –⁠ The Facts


Completing the Application (section 10) - The Remedies


Interim Remedies


Expedited Proceedings


Respondents Response (Form 2) to an Application


 

Applicant’s Reply (Form 3) to a Response


Access to Information and Protection of Privacy


Requests for Orders During Proceedings


Deferral of an Application


Early Dismissal of an Application


Summary Hearing


Preparing for mediation


Preparing for a hearing


After the hearing