3. Apply to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Can a landlord refuse to rent to me because I have children?
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3. Apply to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

If you think the landlord has violated your human rights, you can apply to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). You must do this within 1 year.

The Tribunal is like a court, but less formal. First it will try to get both sides to make an agreement about how to settle the case. If there is no agreement, the Tribunal will hold a hearing to decide the case. At the hearing, a Tribunal member will listen to evidence and legal arguments from both sides.

After holding a hearing, the Tribunal can make different kinds of orders. For example, it could order the landlord to rent to you. Or it could order the landlord to change their policies about tenant selection, or take an educational course about discrimination.

The Tribunal could order the landlord to pay you money to compensate you for not respecting your human rights.

You can get help with your application from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.

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Reviewed: August 1, 2016

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