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Intersectional Discrimination

The Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) protects people from discrimination on the basis of disability. In addition, the Code recognizes that people may belong to more than one group that the Code protects. As a result, they may experience intersectional discrimination, or discrimination on the basis of multiple aspects of their identities.


Systemic Discrimination

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) writes policies to help people understand what types of discrimination are. In addition, these policies outline how to prevent and respond to different forms of discrimination. According to the OHRC’s Policy on Ableism and Discrimination based on disability, discrimination happens through ableism, stereotypes and stigma. In other words, discrimination happens when people have negative attitudes about what it is like to have a disability. When these attitudes influence many of an organization’s structures, policies, or practices, systemic discrimination has occurred.


Forms of Discrimination

In our last article, we outlined what discrimination based on disability is. In this article, we describe some forms of discrimination on the basis of disability.

Forms of Discrimination

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code), organizations have a responsibility not to discriminate. Moreover, they must avoid all types of discrimination:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Subtle discrimination
  • Adverse effect discrimination

Discrimination

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) writes policies to help people understand what types of discrimination are. In addition, these policies outline how to prevent and respond to instances of discrimination. According to the OHRC’s Policy on Ableism and Discrimination based on disability, discrimination on the basis of disability happens through ableism, stereotypes and stigma. In other words, discrimination happens when people have negative attitudes about what it is like to have a disability.


Stereotypes and Stigma

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) writes policies to help people understand what types of discrimination are. In addition, these policies outline how to prevent and respond to instances of discrimination. According to the OHRC’s Policy on Ableism and Discrimination based on disability, discrimination happens through ableism, stereotypes and stigma. In other words, discrimination happens when people have negative attitudes about what it is like to have a disability.