Live Webcast: A Human Rights Approach - OHRC’s Policy Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date and Time

Starts:06/25/2020 12:00 PM

Ends:06/25/2020 1:00 PM

Event Type: Webcast

1 CPD Hour(s)



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Employers must recognize their human rights obligations and consider the potential disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on the vulnerable groups they employ or serve.

In employment and in delivering services, discrimination, including harassment, against any persons or communities related to COVID-19 is prohibited when it involves a ground under the Ontario Human Rights Code, such as race, age, citizenship, sex, etc.

At the same time, the OHRC and relevant human rights laws recognize the importance of balancing people’s rights to non-discrimination and civil liberties with public health and safety, including the need to address evidence-based risks associated with COVID-19.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning the OHRC’s positions and perspectives on the current state of the law in Ontario related to human rights and COVID-19
  • Employees’ human rights during pandemics such as COVID-19
  • Employers’ obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code and duty to accommodate in situations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Who Should Attend?

    Employers, unions and employees, lawyers and human resources professionals.

    OHRC Resources

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    Speaker bio(s)
     Jeff Poirier

    Jeff Poirier, Senior Policy Analyst

    Jeff Poirier is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. His functions include legislative monitoring and preparing public submissions and policy statements, on various issues including the COVID-19 health pandemic and human rights, gender identity, competing rights, disability accommodation and implications of the cannabis laws. He has also managed communications and public education, and worked in other areas including international human rights and francophone affairs.