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The Human Rights Commissioner's Office HRCO
The Human Rights Commissioner's Office

**COVID-19 Extended Closure** Our physical office remains closed by order of the Ministry of Education. During this time, HRCO staff continue to work remotely and are available to serve all members of the YRDSB community.

Please refer to the March 18, 2020 message​ from Anthony Anirud​, Human Rights Commissioner, as well as our HRCO frequently asked questions (FAQs)​ for additional information.​​​​​

About the HRCO

The Human Rights Commissioner's Office (HRCO) is York Region District School Board's (YRDSB or the Board) arms-length office for addressing matters specific to the Human Rights Code and Board Policy and Procedure #240.0, Human Rights: Code-Related Harassment and Discrimination.

The two primary goals of the HRCO are:

  1. To address complaints confidentially, fairly and in a timely manner; and

  2. To support prevention of discrimination and harassment through education and training for building respectful working and learning environment​s.

The arms-length nature of the HRCO is key to ensuring that members of the YRDSB community are assured of a fair process that addresses issues without influence from any other department or unit at the Board. The HRCO operates independently with three (3) governing principles:


 ​HRCO Mandate​ and Responsibilities

The mandate of the HRCO is to lead the YRDSB community in fostering inclusive and respectful learning and working environments for its students, staff, trustees and other Board community members. Responsibilities within this mandate include the following:

  • ​Addressing human rights complaints​​
  • Overseeing accessibility​ compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Providing ​guidance, leadership and education on human rights and accessibility
  • Assisting with early resolution and disp​ute​ resolution
  • Advising and consulting the ​Board on its strategic goals in all areas toward fostering a culture free of harassment and discrimination
  • Developing and implementing relevant policies, procedures and reports​​​

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