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Approval of high-risk technologies under the Toronto Police Services Board's Policy on the use of artificial intelligence technology

January 10, 2024

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) welcomes the Toronto Police Services Board’s (TPSB) update on its implementation of the Policy on Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology (AI Policy), as well as the inventory of technologies and the details of their use by the Toronto Police Service (TPS), which will be presented at the TPSB meeting on January 11, 2024.

OHRC makes over 100 recommendations to address anti-Black racism in the Toronto Police Service

December 14, 2023

TORONTO - Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released From Impact to Action, the final report on its inquiry into anti-Black racism by the Toronto Police Service (TPS). The report includes over 100 recommendations for meaningful actions to improve outcomes for Black communities when interacting with the TPS.

OHRC releases new web tool to help Ontarians meet their human rights obligations

October 30, 2023

Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) Framework, a new web-based educational tool to support the public, governments, service providers and employers across the province to design and develop policies and programs that meet their obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The framework can also be used by advocates and researchers to help bring a human rights approach to their campaigns and projects. 

 

Submission of the Ontario Human Rights Commission concerning a proposed training regulation under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019

September 25, 2023

September 2023 - The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission on the proposed training regulation under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA).

Ontario Human Rights Commission is Calling for Written Submissions to Develop an Action Plan to Tackle Anti-Black Racism in Education

June 27, 2023

TORONTO — The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has reached an important milestone with the release of its What We Heard Report on anti-Black racism in Ontario’s publicly-funded Education System.

Joint Statement from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Peel Regional Police, and Peel Police Services Board regarding the Human Rights Project

June 23, 2023

Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), Peel Regional Police (PRP) and Peel Police Services Board (PPSB) announced the development of initial recommendations to help address systemic racism and discrimination in Peel Regional Police. The work is a result of collaborative and dedicated work between PRP and OHRC beginning in 2020, to develop and implement strategies to identify and address systemic racism in policing.

OHRC submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights regarding the role of human rights commissions in addressing anti-Black racism and other forms of systemic discrimination

June 9, 2023

The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (the Committee) invited the Ontario Human Rights Commission (the OHRC) to make a brief submission to the Committee on best practices or policies for combatting anti-Black racism and to share the OHRC’s perspective on a direct tribunal access model compared to a commission screening model for dealing with human rights complaints.

OHRC and OFIFC continue their joint commitment to reconciliation

June 8, 2023

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) have renewed their agreement to work together in a spirit of collaboration and partnership to address anti-Indigenous discrimination across Ontario and supporting urban Indigenous self-determination. This is the second renewal of an agreement originally signed in 2017.

Joint statement by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and the Ontario Human Rights Commission on the use of AI technologies

May 25, 2023

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) recognize their complementary mandates to uphold the fundamental worth and dignity of Ontarians by promoting, protecting, and advancing their human rights, including their right to privacy. 

Ontario Human Rights Commission’s (OHRC) submission to the fourth legislated review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

May 19, 2023

In its 2018 submission to the Honourable David C. Onley on the third AODA review, the OHRC raised several concerns and made 15 recommendations. The OHRC’s submission aligned with Mr. Onley’s 2019 report. The government has not substantively addressed the recommendations. People with disabilities continue to face significant barriers in their everyday lives.

Letter to the Town of Aurora on proposed emergency and transitional housing project

February 22, 2023

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) understands that on January 24, 2023, Aurora’s Town Council held a session to hear from the community on plans put forward by Housing York for a five-storey emergency and transitional housing shelter at 14452 Yonge St.  The OHRC also understands that Council voted against referring the proposal to the next level, and instead opted for a public planning meeting to address some of the issues raised by the community.

Accountability and timely action key to addressing systemic discrimination in policing

February 15, 2023

On February 1, 2023, five Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers in British Columbia were charged with manslaughter and obstruction of justice in the 2017 death of Dale Culver, a member of Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan First Nations, and father of three children who was killed in custody. 

OHRC statement on human rights and access to cold weather services

February 3, 2023

Ontario is facing a homelessness crisis that is leading to profound and devastating impacts on our communities. As the crisis continues into the winter season, the OHRC echoes concerns raised by local public health units, health care workers, faith leaders and advocates about the significant lack of cold weather services in Toronto, and across the province, for people experiencing homelessness.

OHRC launches new three-year strategic plan for belonging in Ontario

January 17, 2023

The OHRC has revitalized its strategic plan for 2023–2025. Human Rights First: A plan for belonging in Ontario reflects on placing belonging and intersectionality at the centre of human rights work, with an emphasis on building relationships and partnerships to achieve this. The plan outlines five key priority areas for continuing to protect, promote and advance human rights in Ontario. 

OHRC statement on human rights and encampments and shelter closings

December 15, 2022

Ontario is facing a homelessness crisis that is causing deep and devastating impacts on our communities. Informal encampments and forced evictions are a stark example of this crisis. Solutions to homelessness and informal encampments must be grounded in human rights-based approaches and delivered with respect and compassion. 

Letter to the Toronto District School Board on its Collaborative Approach to School and Community Safety Report

December 5, 2022

The OHRC is aware the TDSB has taken a decision to end the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. It recognizes your obligation as a duty-holder to protect the safety of students. However, to the extent that there are bona fide and legitimate reasons to seek external help, the OHRC reminds all parties that the discussion and decision should be informed by human rights principles as set out in the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code).

OHRC letter and submission on modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Searches of People in Custody in Ontario’s Adult Correctional Institutions

October 31, 2022

The OHRC's submission to the Ministry of Solicitor General’s request for public and stakeholder input on amendments to create an updated regulatory framework under the Ministry of Correctional Services Act (MCSA) for strip searches of people in custody in adult correctional institutions.

OHRC letter and submission on Equipment and Use of Force Regulatory Amendment and Implementation of Modernized Use of Force Report

October 30, 2022

The OHRC’s submission to the Ministry of Solicitor General’s request for public and stakeholder input on amendments to police use of force reporting requirements in the Equipment and Use of Force Regulation as well as on a modernized Use of Force Report. 

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