Tenant School 2011

FREE legal workshops for tenants
by staff from community legal clinics
and the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations

MAY 4 TO JUNE 2, 2011 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Forum seeks an end to Canada’s housing crisis

Audio Broadcast:
Published by John Bonnar at
February 25, 2011

Over 100 people gathered for a forum Friday in Toronto looking for ways to end homelessness and increase the stock of affordable housing in Canada.

The event was held at OISE and organized by the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario.

Toronto community housing CEO fired by new director after critical audits

Anna Mehler Paperny
Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Mar. 17, 2011

Case Ootes, interim managing director of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, has fired CEO Keiko Nakamura.

Tenant Defence Fund Budget Cut

On February 24th, 2011 City Council passed the new budget for the City, including a cut to the Tenant Defense Fund of $100 000. $25 000 was cut from the grant money that tenants can access in order to challenge above guideline rent increases, demolitions, and conversions, and $75 000 was cut from the tenant education and support services offered by the FMTA.

FMTA Appeals to City Budget Officers to Save the Tenant Defence Fund

“This cut is about a quarter of our budget. So what do we cut? Is it hotline services? One-on-one consultants with tenants? ... Language and translation?” -Effie Vlachoyannacos, Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations Board of Directors


Canadian Pensioners Concerned Appeals to City to Save Tenant Defence Fund

A representative of Canadian Pensioners Concerned appeared before the City of Toronto's budget committee pleading to have the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations spared from planned cuts in the 2011 budget.

Toronto Star: A litany of beefs and pleas

Published On Wed Jan 19 2011

Daniel Dale and Paul Moloney Urban Affairs Reporters


Rabble Story on the Tenant Defense Fund Cuts

Tenants' advocacy groups face possible $100,000 funding cut

Read the whole story here:

"Tenants Catch Break With Lowest Hike Ever": January 2011


The Tillsonburg News:Tenants catch break with lowest hike ever By ANTONELLA ARTUSO, QMI Agency


Ontario renters will catch an election-year break, with the lowest allowable rent hike in the 35-year history of rent control.

Ontario Ombudsman's Office Calls for Improvements in Toronto's Property Standards Department: Nov. 2010

A recent report from the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office proposes positive changes to how MLS (Property Standards) complaints are dealt with. Read on to find out more about how this may impact all Toronto tenants.