Inclusive environment and human rights (Policy)

Effective April 2017

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is committed to providing an inclusive environment that respects and promotes human rights and personal dignity. Everyone has a right to receive services or work in an environment that is barrier-free.

Our agency promotes respect by providing an environment that allows for independence, integration, equality and opportunity as outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and will provide an environment and services that are free from discriminatory harassment and discrimination due to age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status (including single status), gender identity, gender expression, receipt of public assistance (in housing only), record of offences, sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding) or sexual orientation as these terms are defined and interpreted in and by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The extent of protection from discrimination related to any of the prohibited grounds of discrimination shall be as provided in the Ontario Human Rights Code.

For the purpose of this policy staff means an employee, volunteer, student or other person who performs work for or on behalf of the agency.

Staff shall be held personally accountable and responsible for abiding by and enforcing this policy and must make every effort to prevent discrimination and/or harassing behaviour. This includes any behaviours observed of clients, or others who are visiting Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

Staff must report violations of this policy to the Medical Officer of Health/Chief Executive Officer or designate immediately whether observed personally or reported by another person.

Discrimination will not be tolerated and is a serious matter. Reported incidents will be investigated as appropriate. Staff found to be in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary measures up to and including termination or employment or services.

Staff will be provided with training and instruction as appropriate related to human rights and AODA.

This item was last modified on August 2, 2018