The Ontario Human Rights Code prevents people from discrimination based on personal differences when it comes to their:
- Services, Goods, and Facilities (examples: education, shopping, and restaurants)
- Membership in unions, trade or professional associations
Discrimination is prohibited based on the following personal differences:
- Ancestry, colour, race
- Ethnic origin
- Place of origin
- Family status
- Marital status (including single status)
- Gender identity, gender expression
- Receipt of public assistance (in housing only)
- Record of offences (in employment only)
- Sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding)
- Sexual orientation
Halton Community Legal Services can help you understand your right to be free from discrimination and what you can do if you believe you have been discriminated against. Discrimination may also include having difficulty asking for and getting appropriate accommodations due to your personal differences.
We provide advice on discrimination and harassment in the following settings:
- Housing and rental accommodations
- Accessing services like social assistance and public benefits
- When attending school
- and more
If you believe you are being discriminated against, Halton Community Legal Services may be able to help you. There may be time limits on the legal processes that may be available to you so it’s a good idea to get legal advice as soon as possible.
Human Rights Legal Support Centre: 1-866-625-5179 or 416-597-4900.