FAQ Religious Accomodation


Why Accomodate?

The Ontario Human Rights' Code protects people from adverse effect discrimination based on their personal religious or creed beliefs, practices or observances, provided they are sincerely held.

The University of Guelph has a duty to accommodate people’s sincerely held creed beliefs.


I've never heard of this religious or creed belief, practice, or observance - can I ask for this information?

It is not necessary for someone to show that the belief, practice or observance is an “essential” element of the creed; required or recognized as valid by religious officials or “official” creed teachings; or consistent with the beliefs, practices or observances of others of the same faith. As a general rule, the accommodation provider should  take requests for accommodation in good faith, unless there is evidence the request is not genuine; limit requests for information to those reasonably related to assess needs, limitations or restrictions, and make the accommodation.


The religious or creed belief, practice, or observance isn't listed on the Multi-faith calendar.  What does this mean?

The Multi-faith Calendar is intended to be an educational and informational resource only. It is not intended to be, nor should be relied upon as an authority on holy days.


Where Do I Find More Information?

Consult the Multi-faith Calendar