Mental health and addiction challenges impact every Ontarian either directly or indirectly; generating social and economic consequences for all Ontarians.
• The economic cost of mental health and addiction issues in Ontario is estimated at $39 billion annually.
Individuals living with addictions and mental health challenges face significant barriers in all domains of their lives from seeking employment, housing, to gaining adequate services as a result of discrimination. The OHRC recognizes that individuals with mental health and addictions have complex and changing needs which is not widely acknowledged or properly understood amongst the general public. “The Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) protects people with mental health disabilities and addictions from discrimination and harassment under the ground of “disability”. The Code makes it public policy in Ontario to recognize the inherent dignity and worth of every person and to provide for equal rights and opportunities without discrimination.”
The policy addresses:
• Different forms of discrimination
• Rights at work, in rental housing, and when receiving services
• Organizations’ responsibilities to prevent and eliminate discrimination
• How to create environments that are inclusive and free from discrimination
• How the duty to accommodate applies to people with mental health or addiction disabilities.
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