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Discrimination in housing

Services

Includes discrimination and harassment in housing based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

What the clients may say:
  • "I’m on social assistance and applied to rent a home. The landlord said they only rent to people with jobs."
  • "A landlord refused to show an apartment to my same-sex partner and me."
  • "My condominium board told me it’s too expensive to install an automatic door to the building for my wheelchair."
  • "I am sensitive to noise due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but my landlord won’t move me to a quieter apartment."
  • "I am new to Canada. A landlord told me I needed somebody to co-sign my lease because I don’t have a credit history in this country."

Legal Services

African Canadian Legal Clinic

A community legal clinic dedicated to advancing equality rights of low-income members of Ontario's African-Canadian population. Provides brief advice and referrals in a variety of legal areas, including housing, employment, human rights and immigration.

Clinique juridique francophone de l'Est d'Ottawa

Provides summary legal advice to Francophones living in Eastern Ontario, re: immigration, housing, social assistance, power of attorney, victims of criminal acts, name change, advocacy, and .employment standards.

Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre

Provides free legal help to people of low income, specializing in problems involving landlord & tenant law, social assistance, immigration, employment insurance, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) & Canada Pension Plan (CPP) issues 

Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Provides legal services to individuals who have experienced discrimination and provides legal assistance applications to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to resolve a human rights dispute.

Law Society Referral Service

Provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits a person’s stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions.

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

Offers legal information services, such as general explanations regarding the law and other legal topics, and is not authorized to provide legal advice or legal assistance.

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social representation is provided. Provides lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer.

South Ottawa Community Legal Services

Provides free legal help to people of low income, specializing in problems involving landlord & tenant law, social assistance, immigration, employment insurance, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) & Canada Pension Plan (CPP) issues

West End Legal Services of Ottawa

Provides free legal help to people of low income, specializing in problems involving landlord & tenant law, social assistance, immigration, employment insurance,  ODSP, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) & Canada Pension Plan (CPP) issues

Other Services

Action Housing/Action logement

Specializes in housing assistance, advocates on behalf of clients who need to find safe, adequate & affordable housing, provides legal advice related to housing & discrimination and represents clients at the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal. 

ARCH Disability Law Centre

Community legal aid clinic for persons with disabilities including consumers of health, social or special education services.

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)

Works towards ending discrimination and promoting human rights in housing matters. Provides summary advice free of charge on human rights protections under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Housing Help

Specializes in housing assistance, advocates on behalf of clients who need to find safe, adequate & affordable housing, provides legal advice related to housing & discrimination and represents clients at the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal.