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Legal Topic: Discrimination and human rights in Housing

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What can I do at the Landlord and Tenant Board to protect my human rights?

This tip sheet contains general information on what you can do to protect your human rights in the area of housing.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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What tenants need to know about the law

This resource gives an overview of some of the most important aspects of the Residential Tenancies Act. Topics covered include rent increases, deposits and other charges, repairs and maintenance, discrimination, privacy, moving out, and eviction.

Available in:

English, Français, Korean

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Harassment and discrimination

Tenants have a legal right to be free from harassment and discrimination by their landlords or by other tenants. This booklet explains these rights as well as tenants’ right to privacy in their homes. It describes what tenants can do if these rights are not respected.

Available in:

English, Français, Korean

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Policy on ableism and discrimination based on disability

The Ontario Human Rights Code (Code) protects people in Ontario with disabilities from discrimination and harassment under the ground of “disability.”  This document from the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on ableism and discrimination based on disability provides practical guidance on the legal rights and responsibilities set out in the Code as they relate to the ground of di

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Know Your Rights: A guide to human rights rental housing in Ontario

This booklet on human rights and rental housing in Ontario was produced by CERA as part of the Northern Housing Rights project that investigated the experiences of housing discrimination among First Nation, Metis and Inuit people in Northwestern Ontario. It covers topics such as:

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Discrimination based on mental health or addiction disabilities – Information for housing providers (fact sheet)

This fact sheet summarizes what housing providers need to know with regard to mental health and addiction disabilities and the Code, including what discrimination is and the forms it takes, what the duty to accommodate is and what the forms of accommodation are, and preventing and responding to discrimination.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014

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Legal Health Check-Up

Halton Community Legal Services has created a online check-up to help people who are living in poverty so they can identify legal problems and get help. Users answer questions on their income, housing, education, employment, and family, social, and health supports, and then are offered options about getting further help. All answers are kept confidential.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014

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Human Rights Legal Support Centre newsletter: Focus on housing

The Fall/Winter 2012 issue of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre newsletter is devoted to housing. Articles include:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Newsletter

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Human rights for tenants (brochure)

This brochure covers these topics as they affect tenants:

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Tamil, Vietnamese

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2011

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Overcoming Barriers: A Reference Guide on Human Rights in Housing

This booklet on discrimination in housing includes information on the Human Rights Code, who is protected by the Code, prohibited grounds of discrimination, what is discrimination, direct vs. constructive discrimination, housing and the Code, what types of housing are covered by the Code, harassment, reprisal, and and how to file an application to exercise your legal rights.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2011