Temporary Ban on Commercial Evictions

Published on June 09, 2020

The government announced that it intends to take action to protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized by their landlords due to the negative impacts of COVID-19. 

The proposed changes to the Commercial Tenancies Act would, if passed, temporarily halt evictions of businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance. If passed, the legislation would reverse evictions that occurred on or after June 3, 2020. The government intends to bring this legislation forward as soon as possible.

The Province has repeatedly asked that landlords work with the tenants and apply to the commercial rent assistance program.  But we are still seeing too many commercial evictions happening, including small, family-run businesses. This is unacceptable, and we will protect these businesses.

Commercial tenants who can pay their rent, must do so. Landlords should work with their tenants to come to an agreement and use the joint program we have set up with the federal government.  Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance requires tenants and landlords to work collaboratively by both paying 25 per cent, while the government covers the rest.

Government, businesses and landlords have to work together to overcome COVID-19. That’s true for protecting public health and for protecting our economy.

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