The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) 2017 – 2022 Strategic Plan Putting people and their rights at the centre has come to an end. The 2023 – 2025 plan, which is a revitalized version of the old plan, will be released in January 2023.
The focus of the plan maintains three priorities established under the previous plan: Indigenous reconciliation, criminal justice system, and education system. The new plan includes human rights culture through meaningful engagement with rights-holders and duty-holders; and health and well-being to ensure the OHRC continues to focus on poverty and homelessness.
The revitalized three-year strategic plan reflects extensive consultations with more than 200 individuals representing diverse communities, organizations, and institutions across Ontario. These consultations included key informant interviews, focus groups, and surveys. The consensus was that the work being done under the old plan should continue.
The far-reaching and ever-evolving impacts of global crises require a greater involvement on health and determinants of health, addressing the rise in hate, and the human rights implications of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) – areas that are affecting the most marginalized and vulnerable people in Ontario.
For 60 years, the OHRC has adapted to meet the needs of the communities it serves. Stay tuned for the release of the OHRC’s strategic plan in January 2023.