OHRC’s policy statement on religious accommodation

2017 4/3 | Connects Page, Education Partner News, Education Policy

OHRC logoOn March 31, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new policy statement on religious accommodation in schools.

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, organizations, including education providers, have a duty to maintain environments free from discrimination and harassment based on creed. Education providers are responsible for accommodating creed-related needs to the point of undue hardship. However, some degree of hardship is acceptable.

The Code lists only three considerations when assessing whether an accommodation would cause undue hardship:

  • Cost;
  • Outside sources of funding, if any; and/or
  • Health and safety requirements, if any.

For more details, visit the OHRC website.