End in sight for Ontario’s residential eviction ban

The ban on residential evictions will end when Ontario's state of emergency legislation expires


The province’s residential eviction ban will end when Ontario’s state of emergency legislation expires.

Earlier this week, Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice published an amendment to a provincial order suspending residential evictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The eviction of residents from their homes, pursuant to eviction orders issued by the Landlord and Tenant Board or writs of possession, are suspended until the end of the calendar month in which the state of emergency… is terminated,” the order reads.

In mid-March, Premier Doug Ford’s government suspended residential eviction orders “until further notice.” Scheduled hearings for eviction orders at the Landlord Tenant Board are also postponed.

On Tuesday, the government proposed new legislation that would allow for the extension of some emergency orders into next year even after the state of emergency has expired.

Currently, the government can only issue or amend emergency orders while the state of emergency legislation is in effect.

Ontario’s state of emergency is set to expire on July 15. The province is expected to table a bill today that would extend it to July 24 so there is no gap between the expiration and the new legislation going into effect.

Eviction bill protest

On Monday, hundreds of protestors gathered at Queen’s Park then marched to Toronto Mayor John Tory’s Yorkville condo to protest Bill 184.

Known as the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, the legislation moved to third reading on Monday.

Housing advocates argue the bill will make it easier for landlords to quickly evict tenants and exacerbate housing insecurity during the pandemic.

If passed, the bill would apply retroactively to March 17 when Ontario first declared the state of emergency.

“Even if the Premier lifts the State of Emergency on July 24, it does not mean that the lockdown recession is over,” Toronto city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam tweeted on Wednesday. “Struggling families just don’t have the same income or job opportunities than pre-COVID.”

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Comments (6)

  • Manu July 10, 2020 04:57 PM

    Landlord must be able to evict the tenants who are not paying their regular rent .if someone list jobs the govt had already compensated over 4 months and tgey can apply for U.I. also. Kepping into consideration the landlords have also many expense that can not be delayed like, property tax, hydro /electricty bills and maintenance…..

  • Lisa July 15, 2020 04:36 PM

    The government should not be giving CERB and banning evictions too. One or the other. Too many are spending CERB-on other things.
    What kind of country are we living in that a landlord is not protected by a contract? The end result will be less and less available housing.
    I know of numerous vacancies that will not be offered for rent until this ridiculous ban is lifted.

    • peggy July 29, 2020 04:51 PM

      Contracts are the basis of a civil society and make peaceful progress possible. The essential function of a just legal system is 1) to protect us each from acts of aggression, by providing a legal remedy for the victim and consequence for the perpetrator and 2) to protect us from fraud and non-performance, so that we can safely work together. The law here, the total eviction ban, acts against these basic principles and leads to societal disintegration.

  • Shawn July 20, 2020 08:10 AM

    As a landlord, I have had both good and bad tenants. The good tenants do not have to worry about Bill 184. As for the bad tenants, the current system is broken and requires change. I have decided in the event the Bill is not passed and I cannot remove a non-paying tenant in a timely manner, I will no longer rent out my property. I have spoken to several other landlords and they have the same thoughts. This should be a wake up call to what will become a rental shortage crises.

  • Gerald Kearney July 23, 2020 09:34 AM

    So now landlords are threatening a strike of sorts: ‘If we don’t get out way, we simply won’t rent’. I think society has to ask itself three questions:

    1) What value do landlords provide to society. The answer is none. They don’t create wealth, they’re a parasitic draw upon wealth.
    2) Why do landlords think their investment should be above all other investments and totally immune to risk?
    3) Why do we allow corporations, non residents and speculative investment into the housing market? Taxes on property left vacant for over a year would certainly be one measure to help remedy this situation.

    Housing should be a right, not a speculative investment that prices lifelong residents out of the market.

  • Rizwan July 26, 2020 07:31 PM

    If we continue to punish small landlords the housing crises will continue to become more serious. Such landlords also include retirees and single parents who may rent part of their homes to substantiate income to make ends meet. There are way too many professional tenants out there milking the broken system.

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