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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

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The Human Rights Code and Rental Housing

This webinar focuses on how Ontario’s Human Rights Code applies to rental housing and how to identify and challenge discrimination. It looks at the discriminatory barriers in housing experienced by recent immigrants and refugees, what rental criteria are and are not permitted under the Code, and what steps can be taken to promote the housing rights of newcomers to Canada.

Available in:

English

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2011

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Writing a fair rental housing ad

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has created this guide to writing a fair rental housing advertisement. It includes what constitutes discrimination according to the Human Rights Code, gives examples of open discrimination and accidental discrimination in ads, and gives tips on how to get good tenants.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2011

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Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

The web site of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation has information about human rights with regard to housing and what people can do to pursue those rights.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2010

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New to Canada and Facing Discrimination?

This brochure for newcomers explains what the law says about discrimination in rental housing. It describes the rights of renters with regard to racism, income, references, credit checks, employment history, and family size or structure, and says what to do if a person experiences discrimination.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2009

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Policy on discrimination against older people because of age

This document includes:

  • Purpose of OHRC Policies
  • “Age,” “older” person, and human rights concepts
  • The intersection of age with other grounds of discrimination
  • General principles
  • Employment
  • Housing accommodation
  • Goods, services, and facilities
  • Harassment/poisoned environment
  • Glossary of concepts in human rights

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2009

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Young and Trying to Find a Place to Live? Discrimination is Against the Law

This brochure explains what the law says about age discrimination in rental housing. It describes the rights of renters with regard to age, income rules, landlord references and credit checks, employment history, disability, harassment, and children, and says what to do if a person experiences discrimination.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2008

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Trying to Find a Place to Live? Discrimination – It’s Against the Law

This brochure explains what the law says about discrimination in rental housing. It describes the rights of renters with regard to sex and marital status, income rules, landlord references and credit checks, children, and harassment, and says what to do if a person experiences discrimination.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2007