Statement from Attorney General on Human Rights System Review
Today, John Gerretsen, Attorney General, issued the following statement regarding the review of Ontario's human rights system reforms:
"Four years ago, our government began reforming Ontario's outdated human rights system to ensure the speedy resolution of human rights cases, provide individuals with legal services related to human rights applications, and promote, protect and advance human rights throughout the province.
Last year, our government appointed Mr. Andrew Pinto, a prominent human rights and employment lawyer, to conduct an assessment and provide advice on how we could further improve our human rights system.
Today, I am pleased to say that Mr. Pinto's review confirmed we're on the right track. Among his findings, Mr.Pinto found the new system is more effective and accessible, and allows disputes to be heard and resolved in less time.
The 2008 reforms include a streamlined application process for human rights complaints at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the establishment of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and a new role for the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
The report also includes a number of findings and recommendations for consideration by the Ministry of the Attorney General and Ontario's three human rights agencies.
I would like to thank Mr. Pinto for this assessment of our progress. I look forward to reviewing his recommendations to see how we can make the system even stronger."