Ontario Human Rights Commission makes important changes to creed policy (Legal View)

With broader definition, employers face greater responsibility and exposure to liability
By Sunira Chaudhri
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/05/2016

On Dec. 10, 2015, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) announced sweeping changes to the policy on creed in an updated policy on preventing discrimination based on creed. This is the first time the policy has been updated by the OHRC since 1996. 


The policy sets out a review of the historical roots of discrimination based on creed in Canada, a new section on indigenous creed practices, a plethora of examples of expressions of creed and how to accommodate them and, most significantly, an expanded definition of creed.