Ontario Human Rights Code & Landlording

Written by Matt McKeever

If you’re a landlord in Ontario Canada – it’s important that you be familiar with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Link to Ontario Human Rights Code: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90h19

You cannot select or refuse tenants based on race, place of origin, ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, family status (e.g. children) or disability. 

It’s extremely important that as a landlord in Ontario Canada you familiarize yourself with the Residential Tenancies Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code – just because something is legal in another province or state doesn’t mean it applies in Ontario – many Ontario Landlords make the mistake of reading a blog or facebook post from a landlord from another jurisdiction and then find themselves on the wrong side of the law in front of the Tribunal in Ontairo. 

Link to Residential Tenancies Act: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/06r17#BK13