The Ontario Human Rights Commission today released its annual report for 2008-2009.
This has been the first year under a new structure and mandate.
On June 30, 2008, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006 came into effect.
From that date, all new complaints were to be filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. There was a transition period during which people who still had complaints with the Commission after June 30, 2008 could either continue with this direction until December 31, 2008, or could opt out and file an application directly with the Tribunal up to June 30, 2009.
Under the new law, the Commission took on a new role: it shifted its focus away from processing and litigating individual cases, to education and advocacy on bigger picture human rights issues.
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