Updated policy on creed in Ontario sparks queries from interest groups

Will changes open floodgates for employee demands?
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2016

The concept of “creed” made headlines recently after the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) updated its Policy on Preventing Discrimination Based on Creed to reflect issues such as changes to case law and beliefs that don’t fit into the traditional definitions of a religion. 

The first creed policy was written in 1996, according to Renu Mandhane, chief commissioner of the OHRC in Toronto. 

“Ontario has changed a lot in that time. We’ve seen many people who are discriminated against based on their religion, especially many allegations of competing rights and also just a more secular society,” she said.