Ontario Human Rights Commission launches new policy on Disability Discrimination at ARCH’s AGM
ARCH wishes to thank all of its membership, staff, board, community partners, volunteers, and our valued funders and supporters for another successful year. Thank you to all who participated at our 2016 Annual General Meeting at Metro Hall in Toronto on September 29, 2016.
ARCH’s Annual General Meeting hosted the launch of the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s new Policy on ableism and discrimination based on disability. The Chief Commissioner, Renu Mandhane, delivered a brilliant and inspirational keynote address to our members and guests. The Chief Commissioner observed that disability continues to be the most cited ground before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and that ableism interferes with the inclusion of people with disabilities. She stated that the Human Rights Code is a powerful tool to empower people with disabilities and that the new policy will have an impact in the courts and tribunals and more importantly, outside of court. We thank the Chief Commissioner and the Ontario Human Rights Commission for making this event so memorable, and for their work in creating a policy that challenges ableism and discrimination squarely and directly. You can read the Chief Commissioner’s address which is attached below.
You can use the following link to read the Commission’s new policy: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/policy-ableism-and-discrimination-based-disability