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Discrimination and Rental Housing

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Fact Sheet


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 include ancestry, national origin, ethnic background, religion,
    age, sex (including sex-determined characteristics, such as pregnancy), sexual
    orientation, gender identity, 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.


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