Toronto– Two public interest inquiries by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) will explore if new rental housing licensing bylaws in North Bay and Waterloo create discriminatory barriers to rental housing. New bylaws in the two municipalities come into force in the next few months – Waterloo’s on April 1, 2012 and North Bay’s on May 1, 2012.
“Housing is a fundamental human right,” says OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall. “While rental housing licensing can be a valuable tool for promoting the safety and security of tenants, the ability to license must not be a license to discriminate. We want to make sure this isn’t happening.”...Unless, that is, you have a license to discriminate, in which case kindly proceed with business as usual.