The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has developed a new Internet resource on human rights and mental health. The Ontario Human Rights Code provides for equal rights and opportunities, and freedom from discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, goods, facilities and services, contracts, and membership in unions, trade or professional associations. The code protects individuals from discrimination and harassment in these areas due to mental health disabilities and addictions, including past, present and perceived conditions. The new web page outlines individuals’ rights and responsibilities under the code in relation to mental health disabilities.
The Ontario legislature has passed the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010. Upon royal assent, the act will help make health care providers and executives more accountable for improving patient care. The legislation will require all health care organizations, starting with hospitals, to:
The report of the Ontario Social Assistance Review Advisory Council (SARAC), a committee appointed in December 2009 by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, was recently released. SARAC’s task was twofold: to develop a report outlining the scope and nature of a social assistance review and to provide a list of short-term fixes in the interim. The final report, “Recommendations for an Ontario Income Security Review,” applies to more than the Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). SARAC made recommendations for transformation of numerous Ontario and Canadian income security programs, including employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan and Child Benefits.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is looking at the housing situation for persons with mental illness who are living in Canada. Your input is important and you are being invited to complete a survey that will take 15-30 minutes of your time.
Health and social service professionals are invited to complete an anonymous, 15-minute electronic survey about the tools they use to plan, deliver and evaluate healthcare for women in Ontario. The survey will also gather information about how professionals in these areas prefer to learn about new tools to support them in their work.
Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario, an agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), is inviting women to fill out a 20-minute online survey. It inquires about the health topics of most interest to them, especially in relation to personal experiences with health issues, services, information and treatment. The survey is anonymous. MOHLTC seeks to hear from women across Ontario who have a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those who are often under-represented in health research, e.g., Aboriginal women; immigrant and refugee women; rural women; lesbian, bisexual and transgender women; and women with disabilities.
An independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) was released by the Ontario Government on May 31, 2010, the fifth anniversary of its enactment and the start of National Access Awareness Week. The report, from independent reviewer Charles Beer, includes findings and recommendations based on extensive consultation with many members of the public, including persons with disabilities.