I have a hearing coming up at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Should I go?

Due to COVID-19, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) is not holding in-person hearings or mediations. All hearings and mediations are handled in writing, on the telephone, or on Zoom.

The HRTO's front-line counter services are also closed for in-person service. You can email your applications, supporting documentation, and other documents to hrto.registrar@ontario.ca. If your electronic files are larger than 35MB, send your documents in separate emails. If you prefer, you can mail your documents to:

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
15 Grosvenor Street, Ground Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2G6

If your mediation or hearing is by Zoom, you have to connect to the Zoom link 10 minutes before your hearing starts. You may be able to use a smartphone, but the HRTO recommends a computer.

If you do not have a suitable way to connect to Zoom, you should contact the HRTO as soon as possible to let them know. You can read more in the Guide to Videoconferencing Proceedings and Zoom.

Time limits

Between March 16, 2020 and September 14, 2020, time limits for starting an HRTO case were extended. Usually, you must start an HRTO case within one year from the date you experienced . But if you experienced discrimination between March 16, 2020 and September 14, 2020, you have until September 14, 2021 to start your HRTO case.

 

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