The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has awarded $12,000 to a Muslim couple, who claimed their landlord failed to accommodate their prayer times and notify the wife when she was home alone before bringing in prospective new tenants for apartment viewings. The tenants also faced harassment from the landlord relating to the religious nature of their accomodation request.
The decision is believed to be the first of its kind, relating to human rights based on creed and housing under the code.
Over the last year, the number of cases involving creed before the Tribunal has increased by 13%. The Human Rights Legal Support Centre states that inquiries based on creed (specifically Muslim identity) have increased by 39%.
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