Instructions to Submit an Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) Application OR a Response Form Online

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HRTO forms can be completed electronically and submitted by email to

Note: is only to be used for submitting your initial application. Afterwards, all other correspondence and documents must be sent to

  1. Download and save the Application ("Form 1") or Response to an Application ("Form 2") to your computer.
    1. Before starting, ensure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free. Clicking on the link will redirect you to Adobe's website.
    2. Right click on the form button and select "Save link as".
    3. Rename the file using the form name and your name (e.g. Form 1 – [name]). Save the file to a folder on your computer.
    4. Open the saved document using Adobe Acrobat Reader from the folder you saved it to. If you did not select a folder, check your 'Downloads' folder.

Important: Do not open the form in your internet browser (e.g. Chrome, Safari) because some browsers will not allow you to complete and save the form.

  1. Complete each field of the form and use the Applicant Guide or the Respondent Guide to help you complete the form.
  2. When you are finished, click the "Review for Completeness and Save Form" button at the bottom of the form. If a required section is not complete, the SmartForm will prompt you to add the information before you continue. Once you have answered all required questions and are ready to submit, you will be prompted to save a copy of the completed form.
  3. Open your email service provider (e.g., Outlook, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.)
  4. On the subject line of the email, you must include the following information:
  5. Attach required documents to the email ensuring each document has been identified and saved as follows: Examples of document titles:

Document type: Only attach the following type of documents

Acceptable format: Only the following document formats are accepted

Total document size: Ensure that the total size of all documents combined is no more than 30 megabytes (30MB).


Please scan the document for virus before sending them to HRTO.

  1. Once your form and relevant documents are included in your email, please send to
  2. Once the application is received and if complete, the HRTO will notify the applicant and provide a file number and the application will be served on the responding party (parties).