Of course, the landlords have the right to choose their tenants. However, they do not have the right to base their choice on discriminatory criteria.

  • Régie du Logement
    • It has jurisdiction over all matters relating to a residential lease
    • Here we are only looking for apartment, so there is no lease. Therefore, the Régie has no jurisdiction.
    • However, as soon as there is a formal offer made, the Régie is competent even if the offer has not been accepted
  • Direct discrimination
    • The landlords cannot refuse to rent to a person because of his particular ethnic origin, gender, social status or age.
    • Discrimination can lead to a compensation
    • Judicial actions are filed with the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ). Although they do not provide housing, a winning cause can lead to punitive damages.
    • It is the CDPDJ that take over the case.

Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse


  • Rental Application forms and personal information
    • The Commission d’accès à l’information (CAI) legally regulates the information that landlords may ask.
    • The CAI ruled that the landlords could not require the following information:
      • Social Insurance Number
      • Driving license
      • Health Insurance Card
      • Permission to credit inquiry
    • Here are what landlords may ask:
      • The name, surname and address of the person interested in renting.
      • Information that will help verify the behavior of future tenants
      • Information that will help establish the payment habits of the person who wishes to rent (Hydro-Québec bills or telephone service, rent receipts, etc.)
    • Actions with the CAI do not provide housing. The CAI only give a notice.
    • With CAI, there is no financial compensation to tenants if they win their case

Commission d’accès à l’information
514 873-4196

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