Taking housing rights to the streets

The OHRC joined forces with the City of Toronto, the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario, the Greater Toronto Apartment Association and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre to launch the “Housing is a human right” poster campaign. Large-format posters appeared on 120 transit shelters across Toronto during March, encouraging Toronto tenants and landlords to learn more about these rights.

The slogan “Apartment for rent – to anyone but you” and the design approach were created by a talented team of students from the Humber College Ad Centre. Thanks go to Denver Eastman, Spencer Henderson, Julia Morra and Martin Stinnisen for their attention-grabbing work.

The campaign, which reflects the principles of the City’s recently-adopted Toronto Housing Charter – Opportunity for All, is another element of our province-wide initiative to educate tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities relating to human rights and housing. Smaller versions of the poster, in both English and French are available for downloading on the OHRC website. Campaign materials can be updated to include the logos and details of other organizations or municipalities that are interested in helping the OHRC send the message that housing is a human right for all Ontarians.