NRH forum about cannabis legislation for housing providers

Niagara Regional Housing (NRH) helped Niagara’s social housing providers get ahead of federal cannabis legalization at their Housing Provider Forum last week. More than 130 people attended to learn what to expect and what is still unknown about the federal Cannabis Act, which was approved last year.

Guest speaker Kelly Kendrick from Ohsto-Seri and Ganawageh Urban Homes Inc. began the forum with questions about the cannabis legislation that are already confronting housing providers. Brian Laur from Housing Services Corporation (HSC) addressed the insurance implications of the new legislation and Celia Chandler and Michael Hackl from Iler Campbell LLP gave detailed information about current information on the Cannabis Act.

“We’re here to offer information, not advice”, said Chandler, who noted that each case should be reviewed individually by the providers.

“We know that this legislation is going to be challenging for housing providers,” said NRH Board Chair Henry D’Angela. “They will have to balance the rights of tenants who use cannabis with the rights of those who don’t – and maintain their responsibilities as landlords. As we know, the devil is in the details, but I think the presentations went a long way to addressing the concerns of the providers.”

In the afternoon, housing providers learned about their responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) as Chandler and Hackl were back to present on human rights obligations and the duty to accommodate.

For copies of presentations, please call Niagara Regional Housing at 905-682-9201 or visit

Source – Niagara Regional Housing press release


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