Discrimination and Condominium Housing
The Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination in condominium housing. This means that a condominium corporation, property manager or agent cannot discriminate in the sale or occupancy of condominium housing based on protected characteristics, such as ancestry.
- Protected characteristics or grounds under The Code are ancestry (including colour and perceived race); nationality or national origin; religion or creed; ethnic background or origin; age; sex (including gender-determined characteristics such as pregnancy); gender identity; sexual orientation; marital or family status; source of income; political belief; physical or mental disability; and social disadvantage.
- Discrimination includes failing to reasonably accommodate special needs that are based on protected characteristics, such as disability.
- Harassment based on a protected characteristic, such as sex, is also prohibited.
- Discrimination in advertisements is prohibited, including signs or ads about condominium units for sale.
A condominium corporation may be in violation of The Human Rights Code even when it has met all requirements of The Condominium Act. For more information, please refer to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission Guidelines on rental housing “You Can Support Human Rights in Condominium Housing: Your rights; Your obligations”.
What is The Human Rights Code?
The Code is the provincial human rights law that protects individuals and groups in Manitoba from discrimination. It is administered by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, and sets out a process for filing a human rights complaint. There is no charge for filing a human rights complaint or for seeking information about a human rights concern. The Code has special status over all other laws of the Province of Manitoba.
This information is a simplified description of provisions under The Human Rights Code. For more information, please consult The Code, or contact the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.