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“The City’s mandate policy allows social housing providers to restrict their housing to individuals belonging to an identifiable ethnic or religious group if specific conditions are met,” says a statement provided by city spokesperson John Gosgnach.
There are eight such buildings in Toronto, catering to Muslims, Macedonians, Germans and seniors who are Christian, Chinese, Greek, Hungarian or Lithuanian.
originally posted by: lacrimoniousfinale
a reply to: gladtobehere
Remember that there is a reverse side to this - a Muslim who applied to live in the Christian building would also be removed from consideration, as would a Russian who applied to live in the Chinese building.
Having said that, two (or three) wrongs don't make a right. Surely this sort of segregationist policy has no place in the third millennium.
This story is making the rounds on the net.
Apparently, a handicapped man had applied for subsidized housing. He was informed that at-least one of the buildings will remove him from consideration because he is not a Muslim.
Karin Tahir, Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace’s property manager, said the building does not discriminate on race, colour or ethnicity. " Ahmadiyya is in 200 countries," he said.
"We're not bumping anyone off the list," Tahir added. "The real issue is the 90,000-person waiting list for an affordable unit. Where is the new stock?"
It’s already hard enough to find affordable housing in the GTA, Lewis says, but when you’re in a wheelchair, your options are limited even further.
“It does seem incredibly odd. There is housing for people 50 and over, but there is no housing specifically for people in chairs,” he said.
People are latching on to the story more so because of the Muslim angle but according to the article, it looks like this isnt the only building nor the only criteria:
Clarification- Aug. 28, 2015: This article was updated with new information to make clear that prior to this year the building was open to anyone and those already on the waiting list retain their priority, whatever their faith.
I was curious about Canada's policy on housing discrimination and found the following source: Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination.
There it is, Creed (religion).
So its ok for the government to discriminate (despite their own policy). Its only illegal if you or I do it...
“The City’s mandate policy allows social housing providers to restrict their housing to individuals belonging to an identifiable ethnic or religious group if specific conditions are met,”