Human Rights Casework

The following video was created for CERA by Rod Amador of Big Jump Productions.

CERA provides one-on-one assistance to individuals and families across Ontario experiencing discrimination in their search for housing. We provide summary advice on human rights protections under Ontario’s Human Rights Code and negotiate with landlords to change discriminatory policies.  In limited circumstances we represent clients in strategic litigation around systemic issues at the  Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. CERA has represented complainants in housing discrimination cases on a variety of issues including:

  • Restrictive occupancy rules which make it difficult for families with children to access rental housing
  • Sexual harassment of tenants
  • Discrimination against tenants with HIV/AIDS
  • Systemic racial discrimination against tenants
  • Discrimination against group home residents in the municipal planning process
  • Barriers facing young tenants in the private rental market when they are required to provide previous landlord references and must meet “length of employment” requirements
  • Barriers facing recent immigrants and refugees who are required to provide landlords with a Canadian credit rating and Canadian landlord references
  • Discrimination against welfare recipients
  • Landlords’ responsibility to accommodate the needs of tenants with disabilities, such as through making substantial renovations
  • Social housing subsidy rules that discriminate against residents receiving social assistance

Click here to see some of our clients’ stories.

CERA works with individuals and families from communities across Ontario.

Resources:

Know Your Rights: Housing Discrimination is Against the Law (2011) PDF PDF (Booklet Format)

Overcoming Barriers: A Reference Guide on Human Rights in Housing (2011) PDF PDF (Booklet Format)

The Human Rights Code and Rental Housing (archived web seminar). Click here to view the seminar (Flash format), presented by John Fraser, CERA’s Program Director. You can also download a QuickTime/MP4 version(34 MB) (April 2011)

A Road to Home: Working with Homeless Immigrants and Refugees (archived web sminar). Click here to view the seminar (Flash format), presented by Carolina Gajardo of COSTI Immigrant Services. You can also download a QuickTime/MP4 version (35 MB) (April 2011)

CERA’s 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) DOC

Human Rights in Housing in Canada: An Advocate’s Guide (2008) PDF RTF (Version française: PDF RTF)

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

Ontario’s Human Rights Code, Disability and the Duty to Accommodate: A Guide for Landlords (2007) PDF

Ontario’s New Human Rights System (2008) PDF (Version française, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese)

Sorry, It’s Rented: Measuring Discrimination in Toronto’s Rental Housing Market (2009) PDF

CERA receives virtually no funding for our human rights services. Please donate to help us promote housing rights in Ontario.