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Workplace Accommodation Resources

Workplace accommodation refers to the University’s obligation under the Ontario Human Rights Code to prevent and remove barriers and provide reasonable accommodation to the point of undue hardship. The principle of accommodation applies to all grounds of the Code but within the context of employment most accommodation needs relate to disability, religion and family status.  

How to Make a Workplace Accommodation Request (staff)

Workplace Accommodation Guidelines

This document provides an overview of the workplace accommodation process including the responsibilities of Human Resources, supervisors, employees and the union/association.

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The Duty to Accommodate: A Guide for Supervisors

Supervisors are a key partner in the accommodation process. This document provides an overview of the role and responsibilities of supervisors with respect to workplace accommodation and highlights examples of reasonable accommodations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employees have a right to refuse unsafe work. Work refusals should not be based on fear alone but on the employee’s reasonable belief that the University has not taken the necessary measures to protect employee health and minimize the potential exposure to any hazard. As with any workplace hazard, the University is responsible for taking every reasonable precaution to protect the health and safety of employees.

Supervisors and employees are encouraged to become familiar with the health and safety procedures with respect to work refusals, which can be found on the Human Resources website at: