Housing rights campaign begins in Toronto
A group of organizations has begun an advertising campaign to promote housing as a human right. Participating organizations include the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the City of Toronto, the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario, the Greater Toronto Apartment Association and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. The campaign, which will run until the end of March, consists of poster advertising on 120 transit shelters in Toronto. The creative encourages tenants and landlords to learn about housing rights and directs viewers to various websites for additional information. This is the first phase of an awareness program by the Ontario Human Rights Commission that will expand to take in the entire province. "Access to safe, secure and affordable housing is the foundation on which successful lives and healthy communities are built," said Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, chair of the City of Toronto's Affordable Housing Committee. "This campaign reminds people that housing is a human right and highlights the city's support for people to live in the neighbourhood of their choice without discrimination."