The OHRC supports the position of organizations mandating COVID-19 vaccines and requiring proof of vaccination throughout the pandemic to protect people as long as protections are put in place to ensure people who are unable to be vaccinated are reasonably accommodated.

The OHRC recognizes the importance of balancing people’s right to non-discrimination and civil liberties with public health and safety. They note that a person who chooses not to be vaccinated based on personal preference does not have the right to accommodation under the Code. While the Code prohibits discrimination based on creed, personal preferences or singular beliefs do not amount to a creed for the purposes of the Code.

The OHRC was established as an arm’s length agency of government in 1961 to prevent discrimination and to promote and advance human rights in Ontario.

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