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Important Notice

Please send your applications, supporting documentation and case-related submissions to hrto.registrar@ontario.ca. If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.

You no longer have to file paper copies when a file size exceeds 10MB. If the electronic materials exceed 10MB, please separate the documents and send them in multiple emails.

Written Confidentiality Agreements for participation in mediations are no longer required in advance of the scheduled event.

March 26, 2020
On March 20, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order (O.Reg. 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The order suspends limitation periods and procedural time periods relevant to tribunal proceedings. The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020.

If current and / or new parties are not able to meet a timeline, Tribunals Ontario will allow them to do so at a later date. For example, if parties are not able to meet the timeline for submitting an application to a tribunal, they will be able to submit it at a later date.

Tribunals Ontario is continuing to deliver service across the province. Most tribunals are continuing to have hearings, mediations, and case conferences by teleconference or in writing, while some tribunals are rescheduling matters to later dates.

If you are not able to proceed with a matter, please contact the tribunal to reschedule. If you are not able to attend a proceeding by teleconference or in writing, the tribunal will be able to reschedule the matter to another date.

COVID-19 Policy – Postponing Hearings
Effective today, Tribunals Ontario is implementing a new policy to postpone in-person hearings and reschedule to a later date. Where feasible, alternative hearing options such as written and telephone hearings will be considered to minimize disruption to hearings across the organization. In addition, all front-line counter services will be closed as of March 16 until further notice. For more information, please see the news release.

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About the HRTO


If you believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment, you can file an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). The HRTO resolves claims of discrimination and harassment brought under the Human Rights Code in a fair, just and timely way. The HRTO first offers parties the opportunity to settle the dispute through mediation. If the parties do not agree to mediation, or mediation does not resolve the application, the HRTO holds a hearing.

The HRTO is one of the eight tribunals that make up Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO).

Latest News


HRTO | October 19, 2018
SJTO Recruits: Members and Vice Chairs

SJTO has posted for:

  • Members (part-time) at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario for various locations
  • Vice Chairs (full-time) at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in Toronto and …
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