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  • The Ontario Human Rights Commission was established in the Canadian province of Ontario on March 29, 1961 to administer the Ontario Human Rights Code


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  • The OHRC is an arm's length agency of government accountable to the legislature through the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario
  • The OHRC's mandate under the Code includes: preventing discrimination through public education and public policy; and looking into situations where discriminatory behaviour exists
  • Since June 30, 2008, all new complaints of discrimination are filed as applications with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
  • However, OHRC has the right to be informed of applications before the HRTO, and receives copies of all applications and responses
  • The OHRC can intervene in any application with the consent of the applicant; the Commission can also ask to intervene without the applicant’s consent, subject to any directions or terms that the HRTO sets after hearing from the parties
  • The Commission also has the right to bring its own application to the HRTO if the Commission is of the opinion that the application is in the public interest
  • There is a full-time chief commissioner and a varying number of part-time commissioners, appointed by Order in Council
  • Staff of the OHRC is appointed under the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006
  • On February 19, 2015, the Lieutenant Governor in Council appointed Ruth Goba as Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission on an interim basis for a period of three months, effective from February 28, 2015, and ending May 27, 2015, or when a new Chief Commissioner is appointed, whichever occurs first
  • Barbara Hall was chief commissioner from November 28, 2005, until February 27, 2015, replacing Keith Norton, who had led the Commission since 1996; Norton s쳮ded Rosemary Brown

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