OHRC Right to Read Inquiry

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission is conducting an in-depth public inquiry into reading instruction in Ontario public schools.

"Reading is the foundation for success in school, work and life. Learning to read is not a privilege, it is a human right. This inquiry will assess whether school boards use evidence-based approaches to meet their human rights obligations.”
- OHRC Former Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane

In October 2019, the OHRC launched a year-long public inquiry to investigate how students with dyslexia may be facing systemic human rights violations in Ontario public schools.

The commission is consulting with a range of experts, reviewing curriculum and instructional materials, teacher training, and school board policies and procedures.  The scope of the inquiry involves five areas of concern, as well as systemic and structural issues.

Thousands of parents, students, educators, and other professionals across the province were invited to share their experiences with OHRC before April 1st, 2020.  The final report is now expected in fall 2021.

For more information, check the OHRC Right to Read page on the OHRC website.

Click here to read the Inquiry's  Terms of Reference.

Scope of the Inquiry


The Inquiry has collected a large amount of data including a) thousands of online and phone submissions from students, parents, and educators, b) presentations made during public hearings and community meetings, and c) data and documents received from 8 representative selected school boards.

The release of the Commission's final report with findings and recommendations, originally expected in fall 2020, has now been delayed a second time to February 2022.

The video below is an update about the inquiry presented by the OHRC lawyers as part of IDA Ontario's parent conference on May 5, 2021.

*NEW* On November 1, 2021, the OHRC released its Submission to the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee on its 2021 initial recommendations report.  This submission includes specific recommendations related to the Right to Read Inquiry, specifically, curriculum change, mandatory early screening, evidence-based reading interventions, professional assessment, and systemic issues. For details, see the link above.

Watch the Launch of the Inquiry (Oct 2019)

Renu Mandhane
OHRC Chief Commissioner

Lark Barker
President, Decoding Dyslexia

Alicia Smith
President-Elect, IDA Ontario

Questions & Answers