News from Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

Works for the advancement of human rights and justice in housing for low-income Ontarians through legal advice and representation, law reform, community organizing, training, and education.

Please note that ACTO does not take individual cases directly but welcomes referrals from legal clinics, tenant associations and other organizations working on housing issues.

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What students need to know before signing a rental housing lease

As of April 30, 2018, most residential tenancy agreements in Ontario must use a standard form lease, to ensure that both tenants and landlords understand their rights and responsibilities.

August 30, 2018

Bill 5 Will Weaken Toronto's Democracy

It would cut 22 members the Council that governs Canada's largest city. Each of the 25 members left would represent over 100,000 people, more than the population of most ON cities.

August 03, 2018

ACTO's new report: Where Will We Live? Ontario's Affordable Rental Housing Crisis

ACTO has released "Where Will We Live? Ontario's Affordable Rental Housing Crisis," to highlight the lack of affordable rental housing choices for low- and moderate-income households.

May 22, 2018

April 30: Right to Housing Community Forum

When: Monday, April 30, 2018, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Rotunda (rear of building), Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

ACTO presents a discussion of what is needed to fix Ontario's affordable housing crisis and what a rights-based approach to housing should look like.

April 05, 2018

5 Questions Renters Ask About Heat

ACTO staff lawyer Karen Andrews has more than 20 years of experience as a tenant lawyer and answers 5 questions about having no heat or not enough heat.

March 02, 2018

Tenants in Ontario unfairly shouldering landlords' maintenance costs

ACTO Legal Director Kenneth Hale says while tenants' incomes have remained stagnant, rents have soared. The provincial government needs to fix the rules they set for rent increases.

February 14, 2018

Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario: On Responding to Airbnb

Airbnb enables a shadow economy of absentee landlords and want-to-be property managers who turn residential housing stock into full-time ghost hotels: ACTO blog post.

December 05, 2017

Ready and Waiting: it's time for a rights-based housing strategy in Canada

A rights-based approach must set targets and timelines based on human rights obligations; the government must report on success and progress; and they must genuinely engage first voices – input from people who have experienced homelessness and insecure housing.

November 28, 2017

Mind the Gap: Repairing Canada's Social Safety Net with Human Rights

Although the rights to an adequate standard of living and housing are human rights, as codified in international treaties, it's virtually impossible to claim these rights.

October 13, 2017

Support Ontario's Rental Fairness Act

ACTO wants you to urge the provincial government to keep its promise and make rental housing fairer and more affordable for Ontarians.

May 15, 2017

Help Develop Canada's National Housing Strategy

On June 27 and 28 the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers are meeting to discuss Canada's first ever National Housing Strategy. TAKE ACTION before June 26 to add your input.

June 22, 2016

November 20: National Housing Day in Toronto: The People's Assembly for the Right to Housing

When: Friday, November 20, 2015, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Where: Toronto venues

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and the Right to Housing Coalition invite you to a march and People's Assembly to mark National Housing Day, November 20 in Toronto.

November 19, 2015

ACTO Report Card: What the federal parties say they will do about affordable housing

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) sent the four major federal parties a questionnaire about what they will do about housing if elected.

September 30, 2015

Supreme Court Slams Door Shut on Canada's Housing Crisis

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Charter challenge holding governments responsible for the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness will never be heard in Canadian courts.

June 25, 2015

June 6: Toronto Tenant Assembly

When: Saturday, June 6, 2015, 1 p.m., after Federation of Metro Tenants' Association AGM, 2 p.m.

Where: 252 Bloor St. W., Room 2212

Discuss affordable housing, gentrification, vacancy decontrol, corporations and condominiums, advocacy, repairs and maintenance, and more.

June 01, 2015

The Journal of Law and Social Policy Launches a Special Volume, A Road to Home: The Right to Housing in Canada and Around the World

The Journal of Law and Social Policy (JLSP) is pleased to announce the release of volume 24, a special volume featuring a collection of outstanding contributions from “A Road to Home: The Right to Housing in Canada and Around the World," a symposium hosted by the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) on October 24, 2013.

May 21, 2015

Court Divided on Charter Right to Housing, Claimants Will Appeal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has released a divided ruling to homeless and inadequately housed Canadians in a challenge against the federal and provincial governments.

December 01, 2014

November 21: National Housing Day Rally and Right to Housing Forum

When: Friday, November 21, 2014, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Rally at Yonge-Dundas Square; Forum at Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square, behind the Eaton Centre (wheelchair accessible)

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) hosts a National Housing Day Rally and Right to Housing Forum in Toronto November 21.

November 20, 2014

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario Winter newsletter is now available

Topics in ACTO's winter newsletter include advocating for an end to rent regulation exemptions, the right to housing litigation, fee waivers at the LTB, and National Housing Day rallies.

February 04, 2014

October 24: A Road to Home: The Right to Housing in Canada and Around the World

Date Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Symposium; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Reception
Place Daniel's Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto
Contact Tessy Thomson

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario announces that registration for a one-day symposium on the right to housing in Canada and internationally is now open.

June 13, 2013