/R E P E A T - Media Advisory - Ontario Human Rights Commission releases
policy on human rights and rental housing/

TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - On Monday, October 5, 2009, Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall will release a policy on human rights and rental housing. The policy, a first of its kind in Canada, is the result of a two-year research and consultation process that included tenants, housing providers and decision-makers.

On releasing its consultation report in 2008, the Commission committed to create a policy on human rights issues in the area of rental housing. The new policy provides tenants and housing providers with information on rights and obligations under the Code. It will also serve to help government and other responsible institutions and service providers address discrimination, and improve equal access to adequate rental housing for all Ontarians.

    When:  Monday, October 5, 2009

    Where: YMCA of Greater Toronto
           20 Grosvenor Street
           Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5

    Time:  11:00 a.m.           Press conference begins

           11:00 - 11:10 a.m.   Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner
           11:11 - 11:15 a.m.   Individual story of discrimination in
                                accessing housing
           11:16 - 11:20 a.m.   John Fraser, Program Director, Centre for
                                Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
           11:21 - 11:25 a.m.   Vince Brescia, President, Federation of
                                Rental Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO)
           11:26 - 11:35 a.m.   Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner - Wrap up
           11:36 - 12:30 p.m.   Media interviews

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SOURCE Ontario Human Rights Commission

For further information: For further information: Afroze Edwards, Sr. Communications Officer, (416) 314-4528 or (416) 576-0571 (cell phone)

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