Anti Racism Legal Rights

Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities

In Ontario, there are two pieces of legislation that require employers to protect workers from racism and maintain a healthy, safe and discrimination-free work environment. These laws and regulations apply to the workplace, at worksites and work-related events:

The OHRC is a provincial law that gives everybody equal rights and opportunities without discrimination. It applies to specific areas including employment, housing, services, facilities, and contracts or agreements. The Code’s goal is to prevent discrimination and harassment based on 17 grounds, including race, sex, disability and age.  The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) promotes and protects human rights, based on the Human Rights Code.

Overview: Racial Discrimination Brochure (OHRC)

The OHSA sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace, with the goal of making Ontario’s workplaces safe and healthy. It requires employers to assess the risks of workplace violence and harassment, develop policies and programs to address and eliminate these risks, and review their plan at least annually.

Overview: Understanding the Law on Workplace Violence and Harassment 
(Government of Ontario)

RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS

E-Courses (30 minutes each): 

Human Rights 101: Learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code

Call it Out: Racism, racial discrimination and human rights

Posters:

Ontario Human Rights Code Cards to print and display in your workplace.

RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES

If you are being discriminated against at work, Settlement.Org is a useful website to guide you through your rights and what you can do.

The Government of Ontario provides an overview of your workplace rights on the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development website.  

Being Harassed at Work? Information for Workers from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.