TRREB to Drop ‘Master’ Bedroom Term, Replace With ‘Primary’ in Coming Months


A sold sign is shown in front of west-end Toronto homes, Sunday, May 14, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Greater Toronto Area home hunters will soon spot a change to the property listings they browse.

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s president Lisa Patel says it will use the word “primary” in place of “master,” when referencing the main or principal bedrooms in homes in the coming months.

The word “master” is often seen as a reference to racism, sexism and slavery.


Patel says in an email that the change in terminology will apply to any entries in its MLS system, on and on its Webforms platform, where realtors share forms with clients.

TRREB’s board of directors approved the change following a recommendation made by its diversity and inclusion committee.

The Canadian Real Estate Association switched to using primary on last October after a recommendation was made by the Real Estate Standards Organization.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 14, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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    1. Barb

      I am so freeking fed up with this wokeism and virtue signaling. So this is what my TREB dues are now spent on? There is actually a committee, especially for wokeism and virtue signaling? I will be switching to a new RE board!

      April 14, 2021 at 7:18 PM

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