Important Development in the Implementation of Canada’s National Housing Strategy

This morning, a coalition of housing advocates including CERA sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging the adoption of several amendments to the National Housing Strategy Act in Bill C-97 which is currently before Parliament. While the National Housing Strategy Act reflects many of the recommendations made by housing rights advocates to […]

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April 16, 2019

Join CERA’s Youth Advisory Committee

Call for volunteers: CERA’s Youth Advisory Committee For Preventing Youth Homelessness and Housing Precarity If you are between the ages of 16 and 30 and have experienced homelessness or housing precarity, we are seeking your input and participation in our Youth Advisory Committee. The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is an organization that […]

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April 11, 2019

CERA’s 2019 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

Prepared for Standing Committee on Finance February 8, 2019 About Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (“CERA”) is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to preventing evictions, ending housing discrimination and stabilizing rental housing across Ontario. CERA was founded in 1987 as the only organization in Canada with a primary […]

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March 22, 2019

CERA’s Submission to the Ontario Government on Increasing Housing Supply in Ontario

To: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Government of Ontario Subject: Increasing Housing Supply in Ontario, Consultation Process January 25, 2019 CERA’s Human Rights Based Perspective The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (“CERA”) is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to preventing evictions, ending housing discrimination and addressing human rights violations in housing across Ontario. CERA […]

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March 22, 2019

Concerned the Ontario government will speed up eviction process

It is very concerning that the Ontario government is exploring ways to remove protections for tenants during the eviction process. If measures to speed up the eviction process are implemented, and the process by which tenants are physically removed from their units is deregulated, it is Ontario’s most vulnerable residents who will be affected. Most […]

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February 7, 2019

Welcoming new staff!

CERA is very pleased to announce the addition of three talented new staff members to our team! We are excited to be building the organization, and look forward to working with Erin, Janice, and Rozeta to continue advocating for improved housing conditions and the promotion of human rights across Ontario. Rozeta Aleksov, Program Manager – […]

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January 16, 2019

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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Call for CERA’s Board of Directors

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) was founded in 1987 as a province-wide, not-for-profit charity dedicated to promoting human rights and ending discrimination in housing. Our public education and outreach initiatives work to intervene in cycles of discrimination that disproportionately affect low-income and marginalized individuals in the housing market. Through public education, research, law […]

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November 1, 2018

CERA welcomes Alyssa Brierley as Executive Director and General Counsel

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is delighted to announce that Alyssa Brierley has joined our team as Executive Director and General Counsel as of October 2018. Alyssa is a lawyer and public policy professional with ten years of experience in legal service, public policy, politics, human rights and research. Prior to joining […]

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November 1, 2018