Governing Legislation

Human Rights Laws

There are also human rights codes, which forbid discrimination on certain grounds.

Each province and territory has its own laws that make it illegal to deny a person housing because of his or her age, colour, creed, ethnic or national origin, family status, marital status, physical or mental handicap, political belief, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or source of income. There are, however, certain permitted age restrictions depending on the type of housing sought.

Children are allowed to live with a member of the co-op, but they do not have the status of members. In most cases, children become members of a co-op usually by applying for membership as set out in the co-op's bylaws when they reach the minimum age for membership. The co-op sets its own minimum age for membership, which is typically 16 years old.

If a person feels that they have been discriminated against by a co-op, they should consult their provincial or territorial human rights commission.



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