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What is discrimination in housing

The Human Rights Code protects against discrimination in the place where you live or want to live. This page explains how you are protected from harassment by your landlord, superintendent, or other tenants, when the harassment is because of your ethnic origin, disability, or sex, and how you can get help.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions

The policy explains the rights afforded to those dealing with mental health issues, offers examples of human rights violations on the basis of mental illness or addiction, and suggests practical advice on how to deal with such situations.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014

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Focus on Accommodation

The Spring 2013 issue of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre newsletter looks at accommodation in employment, housing, and services. It covers what “accommodation” means, how to get the accommodation you need, and gives examples of accommodation in employment, housing, and services.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Guide to your rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Code

The Guide to your rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Code gives a basic overview of Parts I and II of the Ontario Human Rights Code, and offers explanations about these parts of the Code. It uses examples to show how the Code would apply in different situations.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Racial Profiling & Your Rights

This Justice for Children and Youth blog post looks at what happens when a 16-year-old African Canadian male is stopped by police, questioned, and charged with a crime as a result of what he feels is racial profiling.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Teaching human rights in Ontario – A guide for Ontario schools

This guide is meant to introduce students to the Ontario Human Rights Code and the roles of the three agencies that make up Ontario’s human rights system. It includes information on Code grounds, the social areas where discrimination is against the law in Ontario, and activities to help in teaching those concepts.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Working Together: The Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

This e-learning video is for public, private, and not-for-profit sectors and completes the training requirements for section 7 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). It has five parts:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Code
  3. Understanding the duty to accommodate
  4. Applying human rights principles
  5. Compliance and enforcement

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Video, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Discrimination is Against the Law! A Primer on Human Rights Law in Ontario

Recorded on December 19, 2012, this webinar provides an overview of the Human Rights Code, highlighting the grounds and social areas which the Code applies to, exceptions to the Code, and remedies available under the Code. It acquaints listeners with the Human Rights System in Ontario and describes the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario’s process.

Available in:

English

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Human rights and family status

This section on the Ontario Human Rights Commission web site describes “family status” (being in a parent and child relationship) and the duty to accommodate, and explains how the Ontario Human Rights Code protects specific family relationships from discrimination in employment, housing, and services.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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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