Education Law Implications of the OHRC’s Right to Read Report

  • May 13, 2022
  • Jean-Frédéric (J-F) Hübsch

On February 28, 2022, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (“OHRC”) released its Right to Read report following its public inquiry into human rights issues affecting students with reading disabilities. The report includes 157 recommendations to the Ministry of Education, school boards and faculties of education. The recommendations address curriculum and instruction, early screening, reading interventions, accommodation, professional assessments, and systemic issues.

The OHRC grounded its report in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Moore v. British Columbia (Education), which affirmed that access to meaningful education is a right. According to the OHRC, however, “The promise of Moore has not been fulfilled.” The OHRC found that “ableism and low expectations for students from certain [Ontario Human Rights] Code protected groups” were recurring themes.

The following recommendations are likely to be of particular interest to lawyers working in education: