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Canada: Disabled people zoned out of cities and towns

Posted 27/2-10 at 15.01

In towns and cities all across Ontario, disabled people are targeted by zoning restrictions that limit their ability to find housing with support services. The by-laws are supposed to regulate land use, yet disabled people are shut out by zoning laws that explicitly limit the number of people needing support services from living in residential neighbourhoods. For example, zoning by-laws in one city allow no more then 36 people with learning difficulties ("mentally handicapped people" as the press put it) to be housed in group homes within the entire municipality.

On February 23th, The Human Rights Legal Support Centre will launch human rights applications against four municipalities on behalf of four disabled people.




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