The Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19 (“Code”) underwent a major overhaul with the full coming into force of the Human Rights Amendment Act, S.O. 2006, c. 30, on June 30, 2008. Among other changes, these significant reforms have created a new human rights process which permits Applicants (formerly known as “Complainants”) to file their Applications directly with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO” or “Tribunal”).
This paper outlines important considerations to keep in mind prior to filing an Application, or a Response to an Application, and provides practical tips and analysis for both Respondents and Applicants relating to each procedural step leading to an eventual hearing before the HRTO.
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