Human Rights

Statement on Inclusion and Human Rights by Residents for Sustainable Tourism

It has come to our attention that some members of the Niagara-On-The-Lake community have written or otherwise communicated their desire to exclude people with racially diverse or different backgrounds than their own from visiting or living in NOTL.

We wish to make perfectly clear that Residents for Sustainable Tourism stand firmly behind the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code and will not tolerate any discrimination based on:

  • 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 (in employment only)

  • Sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding)

  • Sexual orientation.

All of these areas are protected in Ontario by The Code, which prohibits all actions that discriminate against people based on any of these protected grounds. The Code was enacted in 1962 and has served to protect the people of Ontario from discriminatory practices for almost 60 years.

It’s protections also extend to Social Areas such as Accomodation and Housing, Employment, access to goods, services and facilities, and membership in unions, trade or other professional associations.

Any member or newsletter subscriber who espouses racist, bigoted or other abhorrent views shall be terminated from the organization.