Ontario Human Rights Commission Supports Religious Accommodation in Public Schools

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) issued a policy statement today emphasizing that the duty to accommodate creed-related needs to the point of undue hardship applies to education providers. Accommodation is appropriate where it results in equal opportunity to enjoy the same level of benefits and privileges experienced by others, or achieves equal opportunity and meets creed-related needs. The statement was largely in response to criticism of schools in Peel Region (GTA) for providing space to Muslim students for Friday prayers.