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June 28, 2022
TORONTO – Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released Reflect, reimagine, respond: results, its 2021–2022 annual report, highlighting the steps it took to reflect on, reimagine and respond to human rights concerns, and ultimately bring about human rights results for Ontarians.
Last year, the OHRC celebrated its 60th anniversary. This year on June 15, 2022, it celebrated the 60th anniversary of Ontario’s Human Rights Code (Code) – the first legislation of its kind in Canada. This annual report references some key human rights moments of the past 60 years, and the leading roles people and communities have played in recognizing, protecting and advancing human rights. It offers a glimpse of the various visions and victories of the OHRC in carrying out its mandate.
Over the past two years, Ontarians have dealt with two pandemics – COVID-19 and the pandemic of racism, particularly against Black, Indigenous, Asian and religious communities. These circumstances, including hate crimes, have heightened the urgency to embed human rights into the fabric of our society and our institutions. As the world changes, approaches to human rights must change. The OHRC is marshalling its resources and adapting its approaches to respond to today’s issues, to be able to shift as new issues emerge, and to make a difference.
Reflecting, reimagining and responding only have value if they lead to meaningful results. This report shares many of the outcomes arising from the OHRC’s work with communities across Ontario. Highlights include:
“I call on all Ontarians to reflect, reimagine and respond to our call to embed human rights at the centre of everything you do,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Patricia DeGuire. “This strengthens our democracy – and leads to results that will benefit all of us.”
Issues and Media Relations Officer
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Phone: 437-779-1599 [email protected]
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