HRTO logo

Important Notice

April 30, 2020
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) continues to provide services to the public.

Hearings and mediations are being held by teleconference or in writing.

To submit new applications and documents, email hrto.registrar@ontario.ca. If the electronic materials exceed 35MB, please separate the documents and send them in separate emails.

You no longer have to file paper copies when a file size exceeds 35MB. Written Confidentiality Agreements for participation in mediations are no longer required in advance of the scheduled event.

On March 20, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order 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.

The HRTO is amending the procedural timelines to allow the one-year limitation period contained in the Human Rights Code and procedural time periods relevant to a proceeding to resume upon the lifting of the Emergency Order.

If current and/or new parties are not able to meet a timeline as set out in the HRTO’s Rules, the HRTO will allow them to do so at a later date.

If you are not able to proceed with a hearing or other matter, please email hrto.registrar@ontario.ca or by fax at 416-326-2199 to request to have the matter rescheduled.

If you experience technical difficulties with the teleconference lines, please continue to try as the system may be temporarily busy.

In response to COVID-19 our in-person service counters are closed until further notice. Contact the office by email at hrto.registrar@ontario.ca or call (416) 326-1312 or toll free 1 (866) 598-0322. For TTY relay service, dial 1 (800) 855-05511.

If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.

A man fills out a document at the front desk of the tribunal. The staff person behind the desk smiles and gives him instructions.

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 …
Read More button