"Ads that openly refuse children or people on social assistance, landlords who no longer want to rent when they see that the applicant is an immigrant or newly arrived in Quebec, pre-rental surveys that ask for illegal information: it's really the wild west for tenants who are looking for housing," said Marjolaine Deneault, spokesperson for the RCLALQ.
The RCLALQ noted that, in the absence of punitive measures for landlords who discriminate against tenants, the phenomenon could continue to grow in a rental market where affordable housing is scarce, and where rental practices are constantly changing.
The Regroupement des comités logement et associations de locataires du Québec (RCLALQ), a local tenant advocacy group, has told MTL Blog that it condemns a tenant blacklist website that says it's based in the U.S. and Canada.
The website, called Liste Noire, defines itself as a "global company that helps both building owners and property managers avoid losses or rental problems with certain individuals."
The site invites users to "simply add your tenants who are causing you or have caused you headaches" and "search the database to see if anyone has been registered."
In its "About" section, it says its "mission is to allow you to create an intelligent database that will allow you to make an easy and precise search based on some basic information in order to gain confidence in the face of a tenant at risk of causing you problems."
"While this website, in particular, does not appear to be well established, it can be harmful and should be reported to the CDPDJ, something we are already in the process of doing," the RCLALQ said.
"We condemn this kind of website that can be used as a means to discriminate against low-income tenants, people of colour, families, disabled tenants, and tenants who simply defend their rights."
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) said it could not directly comment or give a legal opinion on Liste Noire.
It did note that, generally, "the collection of information on prospective tenants prior to the conclusion of a lease must respect the right to equality and the prohibition of discrimination set out in the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms."
"Therefore, an owner cannot refuse to rent an apartment on the basis of one of the grounds of discrimination listed in the Charter."
A Montreal studio apartment for rent has been making waves on social media — because it's actually a converted car garage.
A now-deleted Kijiji ad for the space put the rent at $505 per month.
"It was a garage initially, transformed into a studio," the ad stated, adding that the apartment included an oven, fridge, toaster, TV, wardrobe, BBQ and a table.
Heat, electricity and Wi-Fi were included in the rent.
It was described as "ideal for a single person, worker [or] student."
The closed door of the former garage was visible in the photos on Kijiji.
An address wasn't listed, but the ad said the space was eight minutes by bus from the Henri-Bourassa metro station in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough.
Screenshots of the Kijiji ad posted to the popular mtlflextv Instagram account amassed over 5,000 likes and 200 comments. Followers of the page mostly poked fun at the apartment listing and implied that it demonstrated the state of the Montreal rental market.
So did a tenant rights group.
The Regroupement des comités logement et associations de locataires du Québec (RCLALQ) shared a photo of the listing on Facebook.
"Housing at $500, said Premier François Legault a few months ago," the group captioned the post, referring to the premier's now-infamous suggestion that Montreal rents "start at $500 or $600 a month" — a comment that many of his opponents and tenant groups denounced as out of touch.
Contacted by MTL Blog, the person who posted the Kijiji ad for the garage studio declined to comment on this story.
They told the Journal de Montréal, however, that they were not the owner of the property but had been living in the apartment.
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.