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Inadequate Shelter Allowance

In 2003, ACTO filed human rights complaints on behalf of a group of single mothers from across Ontario, charging that the ceiling on the Ontario Works (OW) shelter allowance has a negative discriminatory impact on recipients trying to find and maintain housing in the private rental market. The vast majority of people receiving OW rent in the private market and pay rents substantially above their shelter allowance.

In December 2005, the human rights complaints were dismissed by the Ontario Human Rights Commission without the opportunity for ACTO to take the complaints to a hearing.