Ontario Temporarily Pauses Residential EvictionsPublished on January 21, 2021
The government has issued an emergency order to temporarily pause the enforcement of residential evictions and ensure people are not forced to leave their homes during the provincial declaration of emergency and while the stay-at-home order is in force.
In response to the projected increases in COVID-19 cases over the coming weeks, and to support the provincewide stay-at-home order, Ontario has introduced additional measures to help stop the spread of the virus.
This is the second time in less than a year that the province has paused evictions to protect public health and keep people safe.
We want to remind tenants who can pay their rent that they must continue to do so to the best of their abilities.
Landlords can still give eviction notices, attend hearings and obtain eviction orders; only the enforcement of evictions is paused.
We are encouraging landlords and tenants to work together – as they have been doing for the last several months – to ensure that we keep Ontarians safe.
Together, we can stay home, stay safe, and save lives.
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