Fact Sheet:
Discrimination and Rental Housing

The Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination in rental housing. This means that a landlord, property manager or agent cannot discriminate against applicants for apartments, tenants (renters), or their guests, 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.
  • It is illegal for a landlord, rental agent, or a tenant who sublets to refuse to rent to someone on the basis of a protected characteristic, such as source of income (for example, income assistance).
  • 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 apartments for rent.

This information is based on provisions of The Human Rights Code. You may be in violation of The Code even when all requirements of The Residential Tenancies Act are being met. For more information, please refer to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission Guidelines on rental housing “You Can Support Human Rights in Rental 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.