Ontario Human Rights Commission : Ageism and the Rights of Older Persons in Ontario

April 26, 2022
1:00 – 2:00 PM

This presentation will provide participants with a better understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code), the system in effect in the province and the mandate of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC).

Specifically, our guest speaker, will explain how the OHRC’s Policy applies in situations of age discrimination and the more recent work around the intersectionality of age and the rights of older persons. Ageism plays a significant role in society and gives rise to more broad impacts on policies, programs and legislation that affects a growing demographic.

Ms. Halpin, will provide an overview of the applicable sections of the Code which prohibit discrimination because of age, in the area of employment, service and provision of goods, facilities management, housing accommodations, contract administration and memberships in trade and vocational associations.

The Ontario Human Rights Code (Code) states that it is public policy in Ontario to recognize the inherent dignity and worth of every person and to provide for equal rights and opportunities without discrimination.

Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter

Speakers

Bryony Halphin, PhD,
Bryony Halpin, PhD,

Senior Policy Analyst, Ontario Human Rights Commission  (OHRC).

Bryony brings a deep commitment to equity and human rights and at the OHRC, she works on issues relating to COVID-19, education, poverty and housing. Prior to joining the OHRC, Bryony held roles at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) as well as the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs. Before joining the Ontario Public Service, Bryony taught at York University and  X (Ryerson) University and she holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University.

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