Accommodation is a series of steps taken to ensure that individuals, regardless of physical or mental ability, race, colour, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, family or marital status, pregnancy, ancestry, place of origin, and citizenship have equal access and opportunity to participate fully in events, services, and employment. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, everyone has the right to request accommodation if he or she is being denied access to services, housing or employment on any protected grounds listed in the Code.
The right to be accommodated, and the corresponding duty of the University to respond quickly and appropriately to requests for accommodation, are now well established in statute and case law. The Ontario Human Rights Code requires an effort to the point of undue hardship to accommodate the needs of persons who are protected by the Code.
Accommodation can only be denied if the University or any of its supervisors can provide quantifiable evidence that the required accommodation would pose significant and irreparable harm to the operation of the University. Some considerations in determining undue hardship include: cost, outside sources of funding, if any, and health and safety concerns
If you would like to ask questions or discuss a concern about accommodation, please contact the Queens’ Human Rights Office at:
Consult the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate, Human Rights at Work, as well as other policies, guidelines, reports and submissions that address disability issues in the areas of education, restaurants, the Building Code, public transit and older persons. These are all available on the OHRC’s website at www.ohrc.on.ca.