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RE: Launch of Commission’s consultation on rental housing

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May 9, 2007

Dear Friends:

I am very pleased to launch the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s review of human rights and rental housing and to invite your input into this area of significant concern.

The Commission is seeking input from Ontarians on the issues raised in its Consultation Paper Human Rights and Rental Housing in Ontario. This will assist the Commission in identifying human rights concerns related to discrimination in rental housing accommodation, and provide perspectives and information on the issues raised.

The Commission welcomes input from all organizations and experts with an interest in the issue of human rights and housing. The Commission would also like to hear the personal experiences and opinions of individuals, including tenants who believe they have experienced discrimination in the housing context and landlords who have questions about the application of the Human Rights Code.

I encourage all interested persons and organizations to make written submissions, all of which will be carefully considered. In addition, in June I will begin travelling to Ontario communities including Sudbury, Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto, to hear from the public about this issue.

Your input will inform the Commission’s development of a policy statement on discrimination in the area of rental housing and will be the basis of other initiatives in the area related to the Commission’s broader mandate to provide advice to policy and decision-makers and raise public awareness about human rights matters.

Please see the attached for details about how you may make written submissions or participate in these public meetings. I look forward to receiving your input and thank you in advance for your interest in this issue.

Barbara Hall, B.A., LL.B., Ph.D. (hon.)
Chief Commissioner