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Ontario Human Rights Commission

Ministry
Attorney General
URL
www.ohrc.on.ca
Address
180 DUNDAS STREET WEST, 8TH FL,
TORONTO
M7A2R9
Phone
416-326-9511
Background
Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, ss. 27(1) (opens a new window)
Function

The Ontario Human Rights Commission provides leadership for the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights, and builds partnerships across the human rights system. The OHRC works to empower people to realize their rights; to ensure those responsible for upholding human rights do so; and to advocate for the full realization of human rights and the building of a human rights culture in Ontario. The OHRC develops and encourages the implementation of human rights policies; conducts research; monitors developments, trends, problem areas and case law involving human rights issues; uses its legal powers to pursue remedies in the public interest; carries out public interest inquiries where appropriate; educates and builds capacity; and reports on the state of human rights to the people of Ontario. The OHRC reviews laws, regulations and policies to ensure they are consistent with the Human Rights Code and works to identify issues of tension and conflict and to find ways to resolve those issues.

Membership

The Commission shall be composed of such persons as are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, who designates a member of the Commission as Chief Commissioner.

Term

The Chief Commissioner and other members of the Commission hold office for a term specified by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Meetings
The Commission meets approximately 5 times a year for two days. It may meet more frequently as issues arise. Meetings are normally held at the Commission's office but can take place elsewhere in Ontario. One day of preparation time is required for each formal commission meeting. Travel is required for out-of-town commissioners. Committee activities and public engagements may require an additional four to ten days per year.
Remuneration

Appointees are remunerated according to Schedule B of the Agencies and Appointments Directive

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Member (Part-Time) RANDALL ARSENAULT
09-Jan-2020 - 08-Jan-2022
cobourg
2. Member (Part-Time) VIOLETTA IGNESKI
09-Jan-2020 - 08-Jan-2022
oakville
3. Member (Part-Time) JEWEL AMOAH
28-May-2020 - 27-May-2022
mississauga
4. Member (Part-Time) BRIAN EYOLFSON
12-Nov-2020 - 11-Nov-2022
toronto
5. Member (Part-Time) GARY PIETERS
25-Mar-2021 - 24-Mar-2023
toronto
6. Chief Commissioner (Full-Time) PATRICIA DEGUIRE
19-Aug-2021 - 18-Aug-2023
thornhill