The Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA), 2001 predates the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Although the AODA received Royal Assent on June 13, 2005, the provisions of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA) remain in force until the ODA is repealed. For additional information on the ODA visit the website of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee.
The Ontario Human Rights Code recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of every person and provides for equal rights and opportunities without discrimination. Section one of the OHRC affirms the right to equal treatment in services without discrimination because of disability. For more information visit the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s website.
The purpose of the Canadian Human Rights Act is to enact the principle that “all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory practices”. Disability is one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination. For more information visit the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s website.