On June 30, 2008, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act 2006 came into force. As of that date, all claims of discrimination under the Human Rights Code are dealt with through applications filed directly with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The Ontario Human Rights Commission is no longer responsible for receiving discrimination complaints from individuals and then referring them to the Tribunal.
The Tribunal’s primary role is to provide an expeditious and accessible process to assist parties to resolve applications through mediation, and to decide those applications where the parties are unable to reach a resolution through settlement.
The amended Code established a new Human Rights Legal Support Centre to provide advice, support and representation for applicants, while the Commission continues to play its important public interest function.