4. Apply to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Important COVID-19 update about time limits

When figuring out the deadline to take a legal step, the time between March 16 and September 14, 2020 does not count. This is because of an emergency that stopped all time limits to start a case during that time. Find out how this could affect you.

If you think a landlord has violated your human rights by refusing to rent to you, you can apply to the of Ontario.

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre has an online tool to help you figure out if what happened to you is considered under the Human Rights Code.

You must apply within one year. If you need help with the , the Human Rights Legal Support Centre can help you understand the process.

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.

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