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OHRC Annual Report released

August 2, 2012

On June 30 2012, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its annual report for the 2011/2012 year, highlighting the Commission’s achievements in legal interventions and policy work.

The OHRC’s public consultation regarding discrimination based on mental health disabilities and/or addictions in housing, services and employment is discussed in the report. The consultation was the largest in OHRC history, and gathered more than 1,500 written and verbal submissions. The information gathered will form the basis of a new OHRC human rights and mental health policy for the province, to be released this year.

The report also discusses the OHRC’s work in educating employers about human rights for people with mental health conditions and the OHRC’s help in implementing the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police provincial guideline preventing disclosure of mental health information in police record checks.

To read the OHRC annual report, go to www.ohrc.ca.

For more information about the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Guideline for Police Record Checks, visitwww.mentalhealthpolicerecords.ca.

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