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Discrimination Based on Personal Characteristics

Includes discrimination based on race, colour, or ethnic background; religious beliefs or practices; ancestry; sex (including pregnancy and gender identity); disability; sexual orientation; or age.

Some indicators of legal issues

What the clients may say:

  • "I went to the emergency room with severe chest pains, but the nurses were more interested in my mental health history."
  • "My Aboriginal child was kicked out of the mall after a security guard asked for identification. His/her white friends weren’t hassled by security at all."
  • "I have limited vision and need to record my college lectures, but my professor won’t let me."
  • "I was asked to leave a restaurant when I started to breastfeed my baby."
  • "My dentist says my appointments must be at the end of the day because I have HIV."

Legal Services and Information

Records for Discrimination Based on Personal Characteristics
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Ontario Legal Information Centre COVID-19 (May 7, 2020): Centre will no longer offer its services in person for the time being * legal information services remain available by telephone…
Reach Canada - Equality and Justice for People With Disabilities - Reach Canada - Equality and Justice for People With Disabilities COVID-19 (July 12, 2021): Reach's Legal Referral program is accepting calls from clients with disabilities in Ottawa and the Champlain region who require legal assistance. Referrals…
Council on Aging of Ottawa (The) Advocacy group on seniors' issuesVolunteer opportunitiesVolunteer-run committees meet to discuss the following seniors issues: Age-Friendly Ottawa: group working with the City of Ottawa, community partners,…
Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office Administers and coordinates advocacy and rights advice services public information systemic advocacy information and referral for those ineligible for the service literature in English and…
Legal Line Free legal answers covering 2,100 topics on provincial and federal laws available by website referrals publishes legal guides and Your Guide to Canadian Law

Social Services and Information

Ottawa Social Services