Ontario Human Rights Code

Ontario's Human Rights Code, the first in Canada, was enacted in 1962. The Code prohibits actions that discriminate against people based on a protected ground in a protected social area.

  • Age

  • Ancestry, colour, race

  • Citizenship

  • Ethnic origin

  • Place of origin

  • Creed

  • Disability

  • 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.

  • Accommodation (housing)

  • Contracts

  • Employment

  • Goods, services and facilities

  • Membership in unions, trade or professional associations.

Protected Grounds Are:

Protected Social Areas Are:

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