Human Rights Commission releases Draft Policy on Mental Health Discrimination and Police Record Checks for consultation

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The Ontario Human Rights Commission today
released a Draft Policy on Mental Health Discrimination and Police Record
Checks for public consultation.
    The Commission has found that certain requirements, policies and
practices relating to non-criminal police record checks can have a
discriminatory impact on persons with mental health-related disabilities
seeking employment. Such practices may also affect other individuals
identified by Human Rights Code grounds.
    This public consultation is meant to ensure that the final policy
provides individuals and organizations with the information they need to know
    -   disability-related concerns that arise in the context of police
        record checks;
    -   how Ontario's Human Rights Code applies, and
    -   responsibilities of all parties involved to ensure that their
        policies and practices are not discriminatory.

    Police record checks are much broader than criminal record checks since
they also include information about non-criminal contact with police, such as
transfers to a medical facility, or being a victim or witness.
    The Commission has posted the Draft Policy on its website, and is
directly contacting a range of stakeholders across Ontario for input,
including police services and their boards, the mental health sector,
providers of services for vulnerable persons, volunteer sector organizations,
Government Ministries and others.
    The Commission invites the public to make submissions over a six-week
period, ending Monday March 24, 2008. To view the Draft Policy and
Backgrounder and learn where to send a submission, visit the Commission's
website at

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For further information:

For further information: Jeff Poirier, Manager, Communications, Policy
and Education Branch, (416) 314-4539; Afroze Edwards, Sr. Communications
Officer, Policy and Education Branch, (416) 314-4528

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