Man booted from housing for not being Muslim


Austin Lewis

Austin Lewis

Despite Canada’s reputation for casting a very broad social safety net and a Human Rights Code that aggressively punishes acts of discrimination, Austin Lewis, a 21-year old paralyzed man confined to a wheelchair since a disease attacked his spinal cord when he was 8 years old, has just been told he has one less option for government-subsidized housing.

His problem? He’s not a Muslim.

Noting he wouldn’t be treated in this way in the far less-progressive southern U.S., Lewis told Global News, “It doesn’t make any sense; I lived in Texas, that doesn’t make sense even there.”

His rejection letter from Toronto’s Housing Connections – an organization that maintains a waiting list of qualified applicants for subsidized housing – told him he was being removed from the list for an apartment operated by Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace Inc.

“The vision of this community includes providing housing for households in which at least one person is a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at,” read the letter. “This means if none of the individuals of your household are a member … you will be removed from the waiting list.”

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Despite Ontario law making it illegal to discriminate in housing on the basis of religion, Toronto has been using a provision of the law that allows groups to create segregated housing blocks using otherwise illegal criteria, and a city spokesman says it’s all perfectly legal.

“Ahmadiyya has received approval under Council authority to enter into an Agreement to establish a Mandate to restrict tenancy to ‘members of the Muslim Jama’at’ in accordance with the requirements approved by City Council in November 2002,” said John Click to see the original article      

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