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December 12, 2022
12 December 2022
A man noticed a post in French on the Office of the Auditor General’s Twitter account, announcing the release of its annual report on the environment.
A man saw a post in French on Twitter from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario, indicating that the latest report from the Integrity Commissioner was available, with a link to the report “Re: The Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board.”
A woman seeking a review as part of her work visited the website of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC).
A man shared with us his family’s experience after their dying mother was admitted to a designated hospital in Northern Ontario.
A man complained to us about the lack of French language services at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
A woman contacted us because she was unable to obtain home care services in French for her spouse, who had lost the ability to speak English due to health problems.
A crane operator attempted to contact Skilled Trades Ontario (STO) to request an explanation regarding an invoice and was unable to obtain services in French.
We were contacted by a Francophone mother whose child identifies as female – which represented a change from the gender assigned to the child at birth.
A man filed a complaint about Ontario Health’s job postings.
A woman informed us that French subtitles had disappeared from the videos on the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development’s Facebook page entitled “Lieux de travail de l’Ontario [Ontario At Work].”
November 24, 2022
24 November 2022
A 13-year-old in the care of a children’s aid society (CAS) contacted us when he didn’t hear back from his CAS about making arrangements to see his mother.
Issue: Children’s aid society; Rights (access visits)
October 18, 2022
18 October 2022
A Francophone man who wanted some information about renewing his licence plate contacted our Office because he was unable to obtain service in French from a ServiceOntario office in a designated area.
September 29, 2022
29 September 2022
A woman contacted us to complain about her experience with inadequate French services from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, both during telephone conversations and in written communications in response to her access to information request.
A 16-year-old complained that staff at his group home weren’t helpful to him after his personal belongings, including a laptop, were stolen or damaged by other youths living in the home.
Issue: Group home
August 10, 2022
10 August 2022
After an inmate complained to us that he was pushed to the ground and attacked by several correctional officers, we intervened to verify that a local investigation had been conducted.
An inmate with HIV complained that he hadn’t been receiving testosterone and other supplements he required to prevent muscle deterioration.
A man contacted us in frustration after his application to have his issue heard by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) was dismissed.
A man who was in jail awaiting sentencing complained to us that correctional officials had told him he could not vote in the September 2021 federal election, even though he was eligible.
A homeowner complained to us that her municipality was demanding she pay more than $5,000 in fees for a permit for a culvert that had been built under her driveway years ago.
A man seeking a property tax deferment complained to us that council had unfairly rejected his request because there wasn’t time to consider it.
A woman complained to us that she had no idea why her water bill had tripled in a few months with no change to her consumption, and the municipal billing department would not help.
After water rates were increased in a small municipality, we received 48 complaints from local residents who disagreed with the increase.
We received a complaint from the father of a student with disabilities who resides during the week at a provincial demonstration school in southern Ontario.
A university student who was exclusively enrolled in online courses and as an online teaching assistant complained to us that he was “unenrolled” because he did not provide proof that he had received the COVID-19 vaccine.
A man who had accidentally submitted incorrect information to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) sought our help when OSAP converted his $32,000 grant to a loan.
A man studying online for his real estate certification complained to us after he was accused of leaving his seat during a virtual exam and then locked out of the program.
A woman who was behind on her hydro bills asked Ontario Works (OW) for help to avoid getting disconnected.
A mother had been waiting for months to access support funding to assist with her nine-year-old son’s developmental mental health conditions.
A woman who was owed more than $10,000 in support payments from her ex-husband complained to us that she had provided documents to the Family Responsibility Office (FRO) proving that he had the money in a bank account, but the FRO would not take action.
An Ontario Works (OW) recipient urgently needed help when her benefits were suspended because she submitted some paperwork late.
A man who had continued to make regular family support payments to his former mother-in-law, who had cared for his now-adult daughter, complained to us after he learned the older woman had been dead for more than a year.
A couple with disabilities contacted us after trying for months to get an expedited hearing with the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) to address unsafe conditions in their apartment.
A woman sought our help after trying for several weeks to get a refund from the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) for a package that Canada Post never delivered.
A former client of the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) contacted our Office after she was told she would have to pay an outstanding restitution order to receive a pardon for a past criminal offence.
A man contacted our Office after waiting almost two years for the Ministry of Transportation to return a $5,000 security deposit.
A woman who needed to drive to visit her husband in hospital sought our help after ServiceOntario told her she could not renew her licence.
A woman complained to us that the Ministry of Transportation had suspended her licence even though she had faxed in her eye test results a month earlier for special review.
A woman sought our help when she found out her driver’s licence had been suspended for medical reasons five years earlier, without her knowledge.
We heard from a man who was still waiting for his semi-annual grant for ostomy supplies from the Ministry’s Assistive Devices Program.
A man contacted our Office after trying unsuccessfully to have his Trillium Drug Program deductible increased.
A man contacted us on behalf of his father, who was immunocompromised and receiving cancer treatments.
A woman whose husband was killed in a workplace accident complained to us that she had heard nothing about the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development’s investigation of the incident for more than a year.
After receiving the first of two Small Business Support Grant payments, a business owner was told he was no longer eligible for the second.
A homeowner sought our help with servicing his septic tank – which was located on the property of a neighbour who would not allow access.
A group of residents near a construction site complained that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks was not acting on their complaints about debris.
A woman sought our help after she purchased an annual Ontario Parks pass by mistake – she had meant to buy a Parks Canada pass (for national parks) instead.
A mother complained to us about delays in obtaining long-form birth certificates for her two university-aged children, who needed the documents to apply for post-secondary education funding.
A mother contacted us in frustration after waiting several months for her son’s name change to be processed.
July 20, 2022
20 July 2022
A concerned adult contacted our Office on behalf of a youth who was denied a Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA) by a children’s aid society (CAS). VYSAs are available to 16- and 17-year-olds who have left home because of concerns about their safety, and who are in need of child protection services.
Issue: Children’s aid society, Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA)
June 30, 2022
30 June 2022
May 31, 2022
31 May 2022
May 19, 2022
19 May 2022
A person complained that some LinkedIn accounts of the Ontario government and its agencies, including those of the Ministry of Transportation and Ontario Health, showed a unilingual English logo and title.
April 29, 2022
29 April 2022
A 14-year-old youth needed our help getting identification documents to register for school and access health care, after he was removed from his home by a children’s aid society (CAS) over safety concerns.
Issue: Children’s aid society; Rights (Get help)
A man informed us that although he had chosen to receive the Metrolinx e-newsletter about the Ontario Line in French, it was still being emailed to him in English every week.
March 23, 2022
23 March 2022
We were contacted by a person who requested a bilingual hearing at a courthouse in Northern Ontario.
A youth sought our help with retrieving belongings she had left behind at her family home after experiencing physical abuse at the hands of her stepfather.
February 25, 2022
25 February 2022
A 16-year-old complained to us that her children’s aid society (CAS) had refused to allow her to enter into a Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA) after she had left her home due to the abusive behaviour of her aunt.
Issue: Children’s aid society; Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA)
January 31, 2022
31 January 2022
A youth in care sought our help in filing a complaint about staff at her residential placement.
Issue: Rights (making a complaint)
January 28, 2022
28 January 2022
A man contacted the provincial COVID-19 vaccine system by phone and chose the “French” option to request his proof of vaccination by mail.