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Workplace violence is anything a person does because they want to hurt you or someone else at your job. It also includes: any time someone threatens to hurt another person, even if they don't act on it sexual violence or domestic violence, even if...
If someone at work is trying to make you afraid, uncomfortable, or angry, they may be harassing you. Workplace harassment is a series of comments or actions that the person knows you don't like. It can also include things they should know that you...
If you or another worker makes a complaint about health and safety issues to the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry sends an inspector to your workplace to look at the situation and to make sure the rules are being followed. The inspector conducts an...
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) says that your employer can't punish you because you ask them to follow safety rules. If you've been punished for asking about your rights or complaining about health and safety concerns, this is called...
Before you have a hearing or consultation at the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), you must: Give your application to the OLRB. This is called "filing" your application. Work with a Labour Relations Officer to see if you and your employer can...
The place you are renting is your home. Your landlord must respect your right to have privacy. The reasons listed in Step 2 below are the only reasons your landlord, or anyone working for them, has a right to come in. If they have a valid reason and...
If you are concerned about your safety or privacy in your home, you might want to change or add a lock. But the law says that you are not allowed to change or add a lock without your landlord's permission. If you do, your landlord could ask the...
You have the right to use and enjoy your home. The landlord is not allowed to harass you, threaten you, or invade your privacy. Your landlord must also make sure no one working for them or acting on their behalf does any of these things. In some...
No. You have the right to decide who you want to invite into your home, just as homeowners do. If your landlord tries to control who can visit you, this could be considered harassment. But when you invite or allow people into the building, you could...
If you have a problem with cockroaches, bedbugs, mice, or other pests, your landlord must take steps to get rid of them and to stop them from getting in. This is a normal part of the maintenance that landlords must do. You may have to do certain...
It is your landlord's job to repair and maintain your home. Your landlord must fix or replace anything that is in bad condition or does not work properly. This includes things that came with your place, such as appliances like a fridge or stove. It...
It is illegal for your landlord to interfere with or cut off any "vital service". This includes hot or cold water, fuel, electricity, natural gas, and heat. Your landlord is not allowed to do this even if you owe rent or for any other reason. Your...
Some work that requires a building permit cannot be done while people are living there. If your landlord says you have to move out for this reason, they must give you at least 120 days' notice in writing. The notice should be on a Form N13 from the...
If you or your guests damage something on purpose, or by not being careful enough, usually you must fix it or pay for the repair. This includes damage to your own unit as well as the common areas. This does not include things that break or wear out...
In return for paying rent you get the right to live in a place and treat it as your home. If your building or complex has more than one rental unit, you also have the right to use the common areas. Common areas include things like hallways,...
Different landlords might want you to pay rent in different ways. For example, they might ask for: cheque or money order cash debit or credit card pre-authorized bank withdrawals post-dated cheques Your landlord cannot make you pay with post-dated...
Most landlords must follow two main rules about when they can increase the rent. Your landlord must: wait at least 12 months before raising your rent give you a written notice at least 90 days before raising your rent 12 months between increases...
If you are protected by the rent guideline and your landlord asks you to agree to a higher increase, you can say no. You do not have to agree or sign anything. If you do not agree, your landlord can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for...
Sometimes it might seem fair to stop paying some or all of your rent if your landlord isn't giving you what you are paying for. For example, your landlord may be harassing you, invading your privacy, or refusing to do repairs.But it can be very...
If your rent is overdue by even one day, your landlord might give you a Notice to End your Tenancy Early for Non-payment of Rent (Form N4).  You can cancel this notice by paying all the rent that you owe within 14 days after you get the notice...
Discrimination is against the law. According to the Ontario Human Rights Code, discrimination in housing means being treated unfairly because of your: race, colour, or ethnic background birthplace or citizenship religion age (if you are at least 18...
Ontario's Human Rights Code says that if a tenant has a disability, landlords must try to "accommodate" their disability. This means landlords must take away barriers for people with disabilities. They might have to make physical changes to the...
In most situations, you have to tell your landlord in writing that you want to end your tenancy and move out. This is called giving notice. If you don't give proper notice, you could end up owing more rent. For your notice to be legal, you must:...
In most situations you have to tell your landlord in writing that you want to end your tenancy and move out. This is called giving notice. If you don't give proper notice, you could end up owing more rent. For your notice to be legal, you must:...
The law says that both parents are responsible for financially supporting their dependent children. Dependent usually means until the child turns 18 and sometimes longer. The parent who pays child support is called the payor parent. A parent can be...