Human Rights in Housing in Canada: An Advocate's Guide

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Org: Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
Date: 2008

The goal of this guide is to give housing workers and service providers the knowledge and tools to enable them to overcome - using human rights law and principles - the discriminatory barriers that preclude people from getting and keeping the housing they need.

Guide Sections:

  • Section 1 - introduction
  • Section 2 Fundamentals of Human Rights - the basic principles that guide the application and enforcement of human rights.
  • Section 3 Discrimination in Housing - explores the particular types of discrimination in housing that are prohibited under Canadian legislation.
  • Section 4 Disability and the Duty to Accommodate Under Human Rights Legislation - discusses the legal "duty to accommodate" as it relates to disability.
  • Section 5 Human Rights Enforcement - gives an overview of the procedures for enforcing human rights protections in various Canadian jurisdictions.
  • Section 6 Human Rights Primacy and Administrative Tribunals - examines the issue of human rights primacy and the operation of human rights laws in administrative tribunals such as housing tribunals.
  • Section 7 Working with Human Rights Claimants - explores strategies for working with human rights claimants.

French (PDF format)

Please note:

This guide is not a substitute for legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer. CERA and its funders will not be held liable for any loss or damage caused by reliance on any statement, made negligently or otherwise, contained in this Reference Guide.