A Foot in the Door: A Classroom Resource on Real Estate and Housing Law in Ontario

This 6-module resource, produced by the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) and the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), provides an introduction to real estate and housing law in Ontario, including the various considerations and processes involved in purchasing and renting a home. Students will develop their financial literacy and negotiation skills through interactive activities on budgeting, mortgages, and how to rent or purchase a residential property. Students will examine the comparative advantages between buying and renting, and analyze the conflicts that can arise in a real estate transaction. They will learn about the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, and develop the practical skills necessary to navigate these situations through a series of mock negotiation exercises. Finally, students will examine the intersection of housing and human right by considering what it means to have “adequate” housing and whether a right to adequate housing should be protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They will also learn about the protections with respect to housing provided under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The aim of this set of activities is to expand students’ knowledge of real estate and housing law in Ontario, and to give teachers the tools to build students’ capacity to make critical, informed, and responsible housing decisions.

Module 1 – Introduction to Real Estate Law
Module 2 – Developing Your Negotiation Skills
Module 3 – Rental Housing
Module 4 – Purchase and Sale of a Home
Module 5 – Mortgages
Module 6 – Housing and Human Rights

Grade Level: Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Curriculum Links: 
Civics, Grade 10, Open (CHV2O)
Canadian and World Issues: A Geographic Analysis, Grade 12, University Preparation (CGW4U)
Understanding Canadian Law in Everyday Life, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (CLU3E)
Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (CLU3M)
Legal Studies, Grade 12, College Preparation (CLN4C)
Canadian and International Law, Grade 12, University Preparation (CLN4U)
Business Studies
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