Investigator finds York University holiday policy discriminatory

Toronto university has been cancelling classes on Jewish holidays for 34 years
||Last Updated: 04/16/2008

An Ontario Human Rights Commission investigation has found that York University's policy of cancelling classes on Jewish holidays discriminates against students of other religions.

The report by investigator Kim Hanson found the Toronto university's practice violates the Ontario Human Rights Code's protection against discrimination based on a person's "creed."

"The university's practice of not scheduling classes on Jewish high holy days clearly results in differential treatment on the basis of creed, in that individuals of one group, those of Jewish faith, are given preferential treatment over others," stated the report.