Board of Directors Recruitment Notice

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is recruiting up to three board members.

CERA is a not-for-profit charity that is committed to advancing the right to housing in Ontario. Our model for advancing the right to housing includes:

  • Serving clients to help them stay housed: CERA provides free services to tenants facing eviction and human rights violations in their housing, and we are experts in these fields. Each year we provide services to over a thousand tenants and we are highly effective in ensuring that some of the most vulnerable Ontario renters remain in their homes.
  • Providing education and training about housing rights: CERA provides intensive training sessions on housing rights and human rights in housing to diverse groups across Ontario, reaching approximately 1,000 people annually. We work with community partners to train individuals and communities about their housing rights and how to assert them, and we engage with landlords to educate them about their obligations as housing providers.
  • Advancing progressive housing policy: CERA advances progressive housing policy through research, policy development, advocacy and litigation. Notable achievements include setting a legal precedent preventing landlords from discriminating against renters who receive social assistance, launching a constitutional challenge against the federal government for failing to take action against homelessness, and coordinating the Right to Housing Toronto Campaign (R2HTO).

Board of Directors Search

CERA is currently recruiting for up to three general board members willing to contribute their expertise to our dynamic team. We are seeking individuals who share our commitment to advancing the right to adequate housing, and who are able to actively participate in monthly board meetings and contribute to the work of at least one Committee (Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Personnel).

We are particularly interested in candidates with skills and experience in fundraising and/or financial oversight, as well as individuals who have previous board experience.

CERA is committed to having a board that reflects the diversity of the clients we serve, and we welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code, as well as individuals with lived experience of homelessness or housing precarity.

If you are or know someone who with an interest in human rights and housing, with a background in any of the areas above, CERA would like to hear from you!

To apply for this role:

Please submit a cv and a brief statement (a few sentences) explaining your interest in serving on CERA’s board and what you feel you can contribute to the organization by email to cera@equalityrights.org with the subject line “CERA Board of Directors” by February 7, 2020.

CERA welcomes applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


To volunteer with CERA, please email cera@equalityrights.org and indicate which areas interest you (i.e. administration, research, multimedia, presentations, attending events, etc.).