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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Community Art Show Raises Awareness of Discrimination Against Sex Workers

On April 7th, over 30 community members joined CERA and mural artists at All Saints Church and Community Centre to view murals created by sex workers at recent housing rights workshops in downtown Toronto. Attendees took part in discussions about housing discrimination issues, received information resources about housing discrimination, and shared a community lunch. We heard: Making the […]

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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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#EyesOnCanada – CERA’s Submission to the UN

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is reviewing Canada’s record on economic, social and cultural rights today! We’re excited that the Canadian NGO delegation – including the Right to Housing Coalition! – made their oral submissions this morning in Geneva. See CERA’s submission here.

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February 22, 2016

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Another National Housing Day

It’s November 22nd, 2012. Another National Housing Day. What do we have to show for it? We have a federal government that continues to ignore calls for a national housing strategy and that, other than the odd stimulus blip, invests less and less in housing and homelessness programs. Don’t believe what they say about “belt […]

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What can we do about housing discrimination?

Over the past few months, CERA, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and COSTI Immigrant Services have been holding housing rights workshops for front line workers that provide housing assistance for recent immigrants and refugees. We provided a session in Ottawa in October, Toronto in November and London in December. We’ll be holding our fourth […]

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The State of Human Rights Enforcement in Ontario

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently released its 2009-2010 annual report and, not surprisingly, it contains both good and bad news. Let’s start with the good news. People are using the human rights system. In 2009-2010 3,551 applications were filed with the Tribunal. Three years ago, the corresponding number was just over 2,300. This […]

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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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