CHRIO - Canadian Human Rights International Organization
CHRIO - Canadian Human Rights International Organization

Community Centre Program


CHRIO (Community Centre program) Director, Liliana Angarita was awarded the Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women at the 2011 City of Toronto Access Equity & Human Rights Awards. CHRIO's Seniors and Human Rights Programs Directors received the award in her place (pictured left)   


Section 1 of the Ontario Human Rights Code states that: "Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability."(Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O 1990, c H.19, s 1) What cannot be ignored when examining the above section, and taken into account, is the power and privilege associated with race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, faith, class and abilities. As a result, attempting to access services, goods and facilities in Ontario, is not the same for some as it is for others.

As such, CHRIO’s Community Centre Program aims to support the local community by working with residents to remove the barriers that limit or impede one’s ability to access services, facilities and goods in Ontario. Our intention is to uphold the spirit and true intention of the Ontario Human Rights code by ensuring that all residents in Ontario have equal access.


What we do…..


Through our Community Centre Program, we seek to empower clients to overcome the circumstances that have contributed to their present situation, and aim to ensure they are better off after accessing our services then they were beforehand.


How we can help you……


Through the Community Centre Program CHRIO can help you in a number of areas:


Immigration: CHRIO assists immigrants, refugees and persons in need of protection (as defined by the Immigration and Refuge Protection Act) by providing you with affordable legal options as they relate to Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds applications and status and admissibility hearings, which include the Pre Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA).We can also assist you in preparing for an upcoming hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).


Settlement: CHRIO helps immigrants, refugees and newcomers with their adaption to Canadian culture and life by offering information and services that will assist them in adapting and integrating to their new country. Languages of service include: English, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi and Dari.


Legal Services: CHRIO assists clients in need of a lawyer or legal services in the areas of employment, immigration, civil and criminal law. We also connect clients to a variety of affordable legal services and consultations, for those who cannot afford a lawyer.


Housing: If you are in danger of being evicted or would like to file a complaint against your landlord for not obeying the rules and regulations of the Residential Tenancies Act, CHRIO can assist you in these matters. Further, if you are interested in applying for social housing or are in need of temporary shelter we can also be of assistance.


Human Rights: CHRIO contributes to the sound administration of human rights laws in Ontario by assisting individuals in bringing their complaints before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. If you believe your rights were violated in the areas of employment, housing, goods, services, facilities, contracts and membership in a vocational association (i.e. trade union or occupational association) we can help you file a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.


Employment: CHRIO supports “Ontario Works” recipients’ in completing “community placements” at the CHRIO Community Center. This permits recipients’ to gain valuable experience, practice employment skills, improve confidence and get up-to-date job references and contacts. If you are a recipient of Ontario Works and are looking for an agency where you can complete your community placement, CHRIO can assist you.


Education: CHRIO provides practical learning experiences for students completing post-secondary studies in the human services field. If you are a student seeking a co-op placement, please contact CHRIO to begin your career in a stimulating, challenging, learning and working environment.


Our team: CHRIO staff members have training and experience in the disciplines of Law, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, and Criminology. Our staff’s humanitarian work has been recognized at the local, provincial and national level. CHRIO is also supported by a team of dedicated volunteers and co-op placement students pursuing careers in the human services field.


Access: If you are in need of assistance or have any questions about our services you can:


Contact us at: 416-635-7805 or feel free to drop by our office at 1725 Finch Avenue West, M3N 1M6. Please note that you may call ahead to make an appointment with one of our counselors. (Monday-Friday 10am- 4pm)



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