COVID-19: Rent

Question: RentI can't pay rent because I am not working. What can I do?Not knowing how you are going to pay your rent is stressful.Until further notice, the Landlord and Tenant Board, under the province of Ontario, is suspending the issuance of eviction orders and all hearings related to eviction applications — unless the matter relates to an urgent issue such as an illegal act or serious safety concern. For more information you can visit the Landlord and Tenant Board online at: can also visit the Steps to Justice website managed by Community Legal Education Ontario or CLEO for commonly asked questions about tenant rights. For more information, please visit: you have applied for EI or the CERB, financial support will continue to come in.Please call my office at: (416) 338-5335 if you have further questions.&What about commercial rent?

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced commercial rent relief for small and medium businesses that would cover up to 75% of rent payments for April, May & June. Businesses that are paying less than $50k/month in rent will qualify.
  • Reached agreements with all provinces and territories to lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 for April, May, & June. The government will cover 50% of that reduction, with the property owner covering the rest – also applies to non-profits and charities.
  • Reopening economy will happen gradually to ensure any gains are not lost. It has to happen one step at a time and we must follow public health guidelines.
  • The Government of Canada will outline further details about this program, announce them and update their website. For more information, please visit:

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