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Immigrants face discrimination, unaffordable prices in rental market: Study

CCHR’s 2022 report, Sorry it’s rented, is referenced in this article discussing unaffordability and discrimination among newcomers applying for rental housing in Ontario. Director of Policy and Communications, Bahar Shadpour, is quoted about the stringent criteria many newcomers face in the application process and how discrimination in rental housing can often be subtle and difficult to prove.

New Canadian Media – January 19, 2023

Newcomers Face “High Degree of Discrimination” in Toronto’s Rental Market

Bahar Shadpour, CCHR’s Director of Policy and Communications, comments on our discrimination audit report, and how governments can mitigate discrimination facing newcomers and increase their access to housing.

Storeys – December 7, 2022

Irreplaceable: Housing Researchers Warns of Bill 23 Impacts on Toronto’s Existing Affordable Rental Inventory

In this edition of Novae Res Urbis, Bahar Shadpour, CCHR’s Director of Policy and Communications, comments on how scrapping rental replacement by-laws in Ontario’s Bill 23 will increase barriers for racialized newcomers, who also face more discrimination in their search for an affordable home.  

Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis Toronto, Vol. 26, No. 47, Friday, December 2 2022.

Newcomers face ‘alarming’ discrimination in finding housing, says report

Bahar Shadpour, CCHR’s Director of Policy and Communications, speaks to the Toronto Star about our new discrimination audit report, “Sorry it’s rented!

Toronto Star – December 1, 2022

Crise du logement : les aînés sont encore plus à risque que les autres

« Déjà avant la pandémie, les gens attendaient plus de cinq ans pour un logement subventionné. On n’en a pas construit davantage. On a besoin que notre gouvernement provincial développe des logements abordables. Il faut subventionner des groupes à but non lucratif », estime Bahar Shadpour, directrice des politiques et communications au Centre Canadien du droit au logement.

Radio Canada – 24 novembre de 2022

Housing crisis continues as Canadians struggle to find an affordable place to live

“The number of people who are renting their homes is growing rapidly, and the challenges they’re facing are growing too. Average rents are highest in Metro Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area. For example, the City of Vancouver has an average asking rent of just over $2,500 for a one-bedroom.” says Bahar Shadpour, Director of Policy and Communications at CCHR.

CHCH News – November 22, 2022

‘They can’t afford food… they can’t afford rent’

Yutaka Dirks, one of CCHR’s Outreach and Advocacy Advisors, is interviewed on the topic of above guideline rent increases and how this means of skirting rent control has compounded the housing affordability crisis in Manitoba. 

Winnipeg Free Press – November 11, 2022

Bill 23: We need to build housing better, not faster

In this article discussing Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, CCHR’s policy analysis on the controversial bill is referenced.

The Record – November 9, 2022

N.S. records 86 renoviction applications; advocates fear many others uncounted

Bahar Shadpour, CCHR’s Director of Policy and Communications, speaks to the rise of renovictions and how this major issue is pushing moderate-to-low-income families to the margins of their cities — away from their communities and where employment opportunities are.

CBC – October 21, 2022

‘Discrimination in action’: People surviving on social assistance shut out in Toronto’s red-hot rental market

Bahar Shadpour, CCHR’s Director of Policy and Communications, discusses how unaffordable rent and the hypercompetitive market are pushing those on the margins even further behind, but the long wait-lists for affordable or subsidized housing aren’t appealing alternatives.

Toronto Star – September 16, 2022

More than 1,700 Toronto households turned to the city’s rent bank in 2021 — nearly double the number in 2019 and climbing

Bahar Shapour, CCHR’s Director of Policy and Communications, speaks to the surge in Toronto’s rent bank use.

Toronto Star – September 7, 2022

Disability rights in accommodation

Lee Webb, CCHR’s Director of Client Services, discusses the housing rights of persons with disabilities in Ontario.

Kelly and Company Podcast, Episode 1386 – August 22, 2022

Housing as a Human Right

Bahar Shadpour, CCHR’s Director of Policy and Communications, speaks to the current state of housing in York Region and what happens when housing is treated as a commodity rather than a social good and a human right.

Hidden Stories of York Region Podcast, Episode 4 – July 26, 2022

Affordable housing has virtually disappeared in Ontario. Here’s what the parties say they can do about it

All major Ontario provincial parties have affordable housing as an issue during the 2022 Ontario election. Bahar Shadpour, CCHR’s Director of Policy and Communications, says that the parties should prioritize the housing needs of those who are in most need and that the lack of affordable housing options must be urgently addressed.

Toronto Star – May 7, 2022

Logement abordable : quel bilan en Ontario?

Depuis les années 80 en Ontario « les logements sociaux du type coopératives, logement public, n’ont pas augmenté et aujourd’hui beaucoup d’entre eux sont en état de délabrement » dit Bahar Shadpour de CCHR.

Radio Canada – le 12 décembre 2021

No kids allowed? In Toronto’s competitive rental market, some families question why rejections keep piling up

“Especially when it comes to single-parent households — oftentimes they’re mothers with children — the discrimination can be overt,” said CCHR’s Manager of Policy and Communications, Bahar Shadpour.

The Toronto Star – November 15, 2021

How two women founded a female-centered real estate startup after struggling to find a safe place to rent

“In a housing market like Toronto, where there is a low vacancy rate, renters are all competing with one another for adequate rental homes. So those facing discrimination have an even harder time finding safe and suitable places to live,” said Bahar Shadpour, CCHR’s Manager of Policy and Communications.

The Globe and Mail – September 5, 2021

Housing: A Boom for Investors, Inaccessible Bust for Newcomers

“Housing is no longer affordable for average people, and governments have gotten out of the business of providing it for those who can’t provide it for themselves,” says Alyssa Brierley, Executive Director of CCHR

New Canadian Media – June 8, 2021

Is it time to talk about rent forgiveness?

CCHR’s Executive Director, Alyssa Brierley, joined the Lynda Steele Show to talk about why renters who have suffered pandemic-related income loss and are in arrears need government support to prevent eviction and homelessness.

Lynda Steele Show – April 14, 2021

‘That cannot be tolerated’: Local woman said she faced discrimination in rental housing market

CCHR’s 2009 study “Sorry, it’s rented” found that anti-Black discrimination in the housing market was very high. CCHR’s Operations Manager, Annie Hodgins, says that has likely only worsened in recent years as landlords have more power in a highly competitive market.

CTV News – April 13, 2021

Know Your Rights, Episode 5: Housing

In this episode on housing, host Jacob Charendoff delves into the barriers people with sight loss often face when accessing rental housing. CCHR’s Executive Director Alyssa Brierley joins the other guests, Dr. Nicole Yantzi, Professor at Laurentian University, and Margaret French, Independent Community Researcher.

CNIB’s Know Your Rights Podcast – March 20, 2021

Vacancy tax is a win-win for York Region

As residents face the growing threats of housing instability, displacement and homelessness, passing a vacancy tax can be one of the immediate solutions to this crisis. The tax could free up empty homes as affordable rentals, writes Alyssa Brierley and Jessa McLean. – March 11, 2021

There aren’t enough protections for Black renters facing discrimination, real estate agents say

“In Canada, housing experts say it’s fairly rare for governments and universities to conduct studies examining landlord bias. A rare outlier was a 2009 study by CCHR which found that, in Toronto, Black single parents, as well as South Asian households, have a one-in-four chance of facing moderate to severe discrimination when looking for rental properties.”

CTVNews – March 7, 2021

Advocates explain why encampments have become the shelter of choice for many during the pandemic

As shelters cope with increased demand amid the pandemic, many people experiencing homelessness are turning to encampments for community and shelter.

“Sleeping in a tent is currently the least bad option. If this is the best option people have, what does that say about our system?”, says CCHR Executive Director Alyssa Brierley

TRNTO – January 15, 2021

The Landlord and Tenant Board is in crisis

While it was by no means a perfect system before moving online, the LTB could at least be relied on to follow its general principles of fairness.

NOW Magazine – December 15, 2020

Financialization: When housing is a commodity vs. a human right

What happens when capital markets and individual landlords control access to a fundamental human right? A house or condo has changed from being a place to live, and a shelter for families, into a profit-making business – something to help us retire earlier.

CCHR’s Executive Director, Alyssa Brierley, explains the reasons for the global housing crisis, shares real-life stories of tenant eviction and discrimination, and challenges us to put people before profit.

Changing Lenses Podcast – November 26, 2020

Advocates say new Ontario bill gives an unfair advantage to landlords over tenants

Critics say bill could allow landlords to evict without a hearing

The Canadian Press – CBC – July 3, 2020

Tenants detail encountering discrimination in rental market

Dozens of people have reached out to CityNews to share their experiences of racism while navigating the rental market.

CityNews – June 9, 2020

Toque Tuesday tackles homelessness in Toronto

$8 million has been raised since the campaign started more than 20 years ago.

CBC News – February 4, 2020

Out of the Blue

Housing is a Human Right but what does that mean exactly?

Alyssa Brierley, Executive Director of CCHR, joined the Out of the Blue Podcast for a discussion around the work we are doing to promote human rights and housing stability in Canada.

Out of the Blue Podcast – January 16, 2020

Should an alleged criminal act get you banned from social housing?

Entire households can now be banned for up to five years if one member has previously been evicted for an alleged illegal act. The province says this will improve safety — but critics warn it will hurt the vulnerable.

TVO – January 13, 2020

Ontario Loud!

Alyssa Brierley, Executive Director of CCHR, joined Alexi and Chris from Ontario Loud! to talk about all things affordable housing. Listen to their discussion about why governments should be starting their housing policy from the premise of “Housing as a Human Right”.

Ontario Loud! Podcast – December 3, 2019

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