N.W.T Human Rights Commission: discrimination based on income unacceptable

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Yellowknife, NWT – Although not responding to any specific case, the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission has issued a news release following a couple of high profile stories in Yellowknife.

The city’s largest landlord says it is no longer renting apartments to people on income assistance.

Northern Property is blaming hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid rent.

Meanwhile a clerk at the Legislative Assembly has reportedly said they do not answer to the Human Rights Commission.

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That was apparently in response to a complaint from a woman who says she can’t properly access the Leg building.

We asked chair Charles Dent of the N.W.T Human Rights Commission specifically about that case.

“I’ve got to be careful not to be taking a position that would make it seem like I’m making a comment on that issue from that perspective. I will say though, that public buildings and particularly government buildings should be accessible.”

On the rental units, Dent says under the Human Rights Act, N.W.T employers, landlords and service providers are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of source of income.

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