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.
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.”