NEW REPORT: Findings from CERA’s Seniors’ Eviction Prevention Initiative
Between October 2016 and February 2017, CERA gathered input from and held roundtable conversations and a community forum with senior tenants, front-line workers, and other stakeholders across the GTA.
Read our report and recommendations. We hope that our findings will lead to community-led strategies and system-wide improvements that meet the needs of vulnerable senior tenants in the GTA.
RECENTLY RELEASED: Environmental Sensitivities and Rental Housing:
A Self-Advocacy Toolkit.
CERA recognizes indoor environmental health hazards as a serious issue in Ontario’s housing stock. As an organization with limited resources and capacity, we are unable to respond to the overwhelming number of requests for assistance and advocacy we receive each year related to accommodations for environmental sensitivities. In response to this need, we have created this Self-Advocacy Toolkit to assist people to claim their rights under the Code.
We are available as a resource during the accommodation process – we can answer questions, and review some of your documentation. However, we are not able to communicate directly with landlords on your behalf. If you are living with environmental sensitivities, and require supports for a disability-related accommodation in your rental housing, this Self-Advocacy Toolkit can help.
RECENTLY RELEASED: Human Rights & Rental Housing in Ontario, A Self-Advocacy Toolkit – Now available in four more languages.
This Tenant Toolkit is an easy to use Guide that has been designed to address common questions and walk tenants through practical examples of ways you can self-advocate. It is now available in French, Arabic, Spanish and Inuktitut.
Unlocking the AODA – Landlords’ Obligations Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
These resources are designed to assist small-to-medium-sized landlords in implementing the requirements o the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. These resources were produced by CERA with support from the Government of Ontario.
Facilitating Local Responses to Housing Discrimination
This initiative sees CERA traveling to communities across the province to discuss local priority housing issues. Each community’s housing fact sheet can be found below. Customized toolkits and postcards are currently in production and will be available in Fall 2015.
Youth Housing Rights
Our Youth Housing Rights Program addresses the barriers faced by youth living in the margins, specifically with respect to inequality and discrimination in housing. The initiative incorporates creative legal education, and self-advocacy training to address barriers to housing for youth. CERA’s “Know Your Rights!” booklet can be accessed below.
Northern Housing Rights (2015)
Northern Housing Rights was a capacity-building initiative undertaken by the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and CERA. The initiative investigated the experiences of housing discrimination among First Nation, Metis and Inuit people in Northwestern Ontario. Resources produced as a part of this project can be found below.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your organization would like to receive print copies of these resources.
Housing and Human Rights Education
Housing Equality for New Canadians: Measuring Discrimination in Toronto’s Rental Housing MarketMaking Ends Meet: Surviving on Low Income in Canada (2013) PDF
Sorry, It’s Rented: Measuring Discrimination in Toronto’s Rental Housing Market (2009) PDF
Trying to Find a Place to Live? Discrimination – It’s Against the Law (2007) PDF
Young and Trying to Find a Place to Live? Discrimination is Against the Law (2008) PDF
New to Canada and Facing Discrimination? (2009) PDF
Ontario’s Human Rights Code, Disability and the Duty to Accommodate: A Guide for Housing Workers and Tenants (2007) PDF
Women’s Housing Rights
Fact Sheet on Women’s and Girl’s Homelessness and Poverty PDF (2008)
Briefing Note on Women’s Social, Economic and Cultural Rights: General Comment No. 16 Microsoft Word DOC
Eviction Prevention and the Residential Tenancies Act
The Residential Tenancies Act and Evictions: Important Information for Tenants Facing Eviction (2010) PDF
Residential Tenancies Act Eviction Flow Chart (2007) PDF
Social and Economic Rights Education
A Social Charter for the City (2008) (with the Social Rights Advocacy Centre) PDF
Submission to the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on International Human Rights Re: Universal Periodic Review of Canada (April 2010) Microsoft Word DOC
Submission to the Senate Committee on Human Rights Re: Universal Periodic Review of Canada (March 2010) Microsoft Word DOC
Submission to the United Nations for the Universal Periodic Review of Canada (September 2008) PDF
Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) PDF (2008)
Submission to the Ontario Human Rights Commission on Human Rights in Rental Housing (2007) (with the Social Rights Advocacy Centre and the National Working Group on Women and Housing) Microsoft Word DOC
Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy Legislative Hearings on Bill 107 An Act to Amend the Ontario Human Rights Code (2006) RTF
Submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 2006 Review of Canada (2006) (with the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario) Microsoft Word DOC
Submission to the Standing Committee on General Government – Bill 109 Residential Tenancies Act (2006) Microsoft Word DOC
Women’s Housing Equality Network (WHEN) Submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2006) PDF