Concerned the Ontario government will speed up eviction process

It is very concerning that the Ontario government is exploring ways to remove protections for tenants during the eviction process. If measures to speed up the eviction process are implemented, and the process by which tenants are physically removed from their units is deregulated, it is Ontario’s most vulnerable residents who will be affected. Most […]

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February 7, 2019

Welcoming new staff!

CERA is very pleased to announce the addition of three talented new staff members to our team! We are excited to be building the organization, and look forward to working with Erin, Janice, and Rozeta to continue advocating for improved housing conditions and the promotion of human rights across Ontario. Rozeta Aleksov, Program Manager – […]

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January 16, 2019

Today is Giving Tuesday, and there are many reasons to give to CERA

Did you know that less than 5% of CERA’s annual budget comes from donations?  In 2018, we: provided free legal information and advocacy supports to over 1300Ontario renters facing eviction or discrimination delivered over 70 education workshops in eight Ontario communities, and continued to develop our unique and responsive plain-language resources for renters established 17+ new formal partnerships with allies […]

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November 27, 2018

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Call for CERA’s Board of Directors

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) was founded in 1987 as a province-wide, not-for-profit charity dedicated to promoting human rights and ending discrimination in housing. Our public education and outreach initiatives work to intervene in cycles of discrimination that disproportionately affect low-income and marginalized individuals in the housing market. Through public education, research, law […]

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November 1, 2018

CERA welcomes Alyssa Brierley as Executive Director and General Counsel

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is delighted to announce that Alyssa Brierley has joined our team as Executive Director and General Counsel as of October 2018. Alyssa is a lawyer and public policy professional with ten years of experience in legal service, public policy, politics, human rights and research. Prior to joining […]

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November 1, 2018

Know Your Housing Rights Sessions for Sex Workers

Project Update – Thank you to Maggie’s, South Riverdale Community Health Centre and Regent Park Community Health Centre for hosting CERA’s housing rights sessions for sex workers over the past six weeks. Special thank you to all the participants for sharing their housing experiences and learning about their legal rights as tenant. Whenever possible, CERA uses creative […]

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February 28, 2017

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New initiative – CERA working with sex workers on housing rights issues

Making Room, Creating Place: Announcing arts-based human rights legal education for sex workers. This Wednesday, CERA will be joining Maggie’s Sex Workers Action Project for our first housing rights workshop for street-involved sex workers. During these workshops, participants will learn about their housing rights under law; learn skills to self-advocate; creatively engage with artistic message-making strategies. […]

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Eviction Prevention for Seniors Initiative – Ways to Participate

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Did you know that the number of homeless seniors in Toronto doubled between 2009 and 2013? And that at least 10% of the homeless population of Toronto are older adults? CERA is working with seniors across the GTA to identify eviction prevention strategies that work for them. We need to hear from senior tenants and […]

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Under 30? Join our Advisory Committee

  UPDATE! : : : Interest in this position has been overwhelming! At this time we are no longer accepting applications for the Youth Advisory Committee. Please stay in touch with CERA about future opportunities —– If you are under 30 and have ever faced discrimination in housing or homelessness, we want your input. This is a […]

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CERA pens Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Read CERA’s open letter to the Canadian government following the release of the UN’s report on Canada on March 7th, 2016. How well is Canada doing as a signatory to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights?  According to CERA’s ED Renee Griffin, we can and must do better. Contact your local MP and tell […]

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March 8, 2016