Statement on Human Rights Day

Safe, stable and adequate housing is a prime determinant of well-being, health, longevity and economic stability. It is also a fundamental human right. Too often, governments fail to uphold their responsibility to ensure access to safe, stable and adequate housing. Too often, housing providers fail to understand their responsibility to provide housing in a manner […]

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December 10, 2018

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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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Seeking youth artist/arts facilitator for paid opportunity!

Call for Youth Peer Artist/Arts Facilitator The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is working with five youth-serving groups across Ontario to build awareness about youth housing rights. We are seeking an artist or arts facilitator to co-develop a creative workshop and educational materials for this exciting initiative. Are you: a visual artist or arts […]

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November 28, 2017

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Bruce Porter Reflects on CERA’s 30th Anniversary

“CERA was formed in the heyday of the equality rights movement in Canada. That’s why it has it that cumbersome name that no one can remember or say. In the 1980s in Canada, “equality rights” were in the air. Equality seeking groups began the decade by fighting for and winning a radical reframing of non-discrimination […]

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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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Exciting News – CERA receives funding for rights-based seniors eviction prevention initiative

CERA is pleased to announce that we have received support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to develop community based, eviction prevention strategies for seniors. As part of this initiative, we will identify eviction prevention strategies through a senior-driven process in the GTA. Using a collaborative gap analysis, we will gather information about the current needs of […]

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Stereotyping can go both ways

At CERA, we often see landlords at their worst. Those brought to our attention are typically not landlords that are doing a great job, but those that are potentially violating the Human Rights Code. When we speak to them it is usually because they have (allegedly) discriminated against one of our clients. After 25 years […]

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CERA Joins VOICES-VOIX Coalition on Women’s Rights and Democracy – Rally and Press Conference

VOICES-VOIX is a non-partisan coalition of organizations and individuals defending democracy, free speech and transparency in Canada.  CERA is one of the over 200 member organizations.  CERA’s Executive Director has spoken at several press conferences and meetings on behalf of the coalition. On the day before the Day for Democracy (April 6th) VOICES-VOIX held a press […]

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Women, Canada and The World: Is Canada Failing?

Women, Canada and The World: Is Canada Failing? This Ottawa event, attended by approximately 100 people, was organized by the McLeod Group, co-sponsored by Embassy Magazine and hosted by the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs on February 18th, 2011. Huguette Labelle, Chancellor, Ottawa University presided. Participants discussed gender equality and […]

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March 28, 2011

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