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Share Your Thoughts on HWDSB’s Human Rights Policy

Your voice matters. We want to hear from you. 

We thank all who participated by filling out the survey, sending written submissions, attending meetings and virtual listening sessions in the human Rights Policy phase one engagement process. The report that compiles what we heard from the HWDSB community and outlines major themes identified will be posted in the coming days.  

The Human Rights Policy draft is now available for review and feedback. HWDSB is inviting students, staff, parents, guardians and community member to review the draft policy and provide further input. Your voice is valued and will further contribute to the final policy.

Please review the full policy here: https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/draft-human-rights-policy/
(A PDF version is available for download here) 

How to participate 

About the Human Rights Policy

The policy applies to all HWDSB members, which includes students, staff, parents, guardians, caregivers, community partners and service providers.  The policy aims to help everyone at HWDSB understand how the Human Rights Code applies in all HWDSB learning and working environments. It also affirms HWDSB’s commitment for creating environments free from discrimination and harassment. The policy defines:  

  • the purpose of the policy  
  • the guiding principles 
  • intended outcomes 
  • responsibilities  
  • actions required to implement the policy, and  
  • definitions/terminologies 

Note: To help with the implementation of the policy, a Human Rights Procedure will be developed.  

The Policy is a high level, overarching documents that set direction, guide and focuses on defining HWDSB’s commitment to human rights focusing on the ‘what’ and the “why”.  The procedure is an operational process to implement the policy. The Human rights procedure will focus on the process of implementation, including the complaints process. It outlines the ‘how’, ‘when’ and ‘who’.  

If you have any questions, contact us at humanrights@hwdsb.on.ca 

Updated on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
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