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Ontario’s Human Rights System

This is general information only. It is not legal advice about your situation.

The Ontario Human Rights Code (Code) is a provincial anti-discrimination law that applies to workplaces, housing, services, goods and facilities, as well as to contracts or agreements and to membership in trade or vocational associations.

To find out if the Code applies to your situation, go to: How do I know if the Code applies to my case? If you want to take legal steps to address an incident of discrimination, the deadline to do so is generally one year from the last discriminatory event or conduct.

For an explanation of each ground of discrimination covered by the Code, and the areas of discrimination, please read our “What is Discrimination” page.

If you believe you have experienced discrimination, please use our Do You Have a Claim tool to determine if what you have experienced is protected under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has developed a Human Rights 101 tool to guide you through Ontario’s Human Rights System.

You can find the official legislation of the Human Rights Code on the government of Ontario’s website.

Yes. We provide services in 140 languages. You can also provide your own interpreter. Some information sheets are available on our web site in Chinese, Vietnamese, Urdu, Arabic, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Punjabi and Tagalog.

No. Applicants are not income-tested. However, we do have priorities for service. Please see our general eligibility criteria for service page.

Not all unfair conduct treatment is discrimination that is covered by the Code. For the Code to apply, unequal treatment must have occurred in one of the five areas listed in the Code: employment, housing, goods, services and facilities, contracts and membership in trade and vocational associations. The unequal treatment must have been based on one or more of the grounds of discrimination in the Code and there must be a link between the ground and the unequal treatment.

If you believe you have experienced discrimination, please use our Do You Have a Claim tool to determine if what you have experienced is protected under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

The unfairness you are experiencing may be covered by another agency or legislation such as the Employment Standards Act.

You may also be able to use the services of the Ontario Ombudsman, or the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Also see the Community Legal Education of Ontario web site with legal information and resources on a wide range of topics in 40 languages.

211 is a three-digit phone number and website that provides information and referral to 56,000 community and social services in Ontario. Their phone service is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and is available in more than 150 languages.