COVID-19 UPDATE: Commercial Eviction Ban Extended

Ontario’s ban on commercial evictions for certain small businesses has been extended.

The temporary ban on commercial evictions for businesses eligible for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistant (“CECRA”) program originally ran from May 1, 2020 to October 30, 2020. It was recently extended to January 31, 2021. Although the CECRA program is now closed, the ban applies to commercial tenants who were eligible for CECRA or would be eligible if applications were still being accepted.

Landlords are not permitted to evict CECRA-eligible tenants or seize their goods while the temporary ban is in place. Landlords who have evicted CECRA-eligible tenants must restore the tenant’s possession of the rental property and return any unsold goods.

In addition, the provincial government has placed a temporary ban on evictions for tenants who have been approved for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (“CERS”). Landlords are prohibited from evicting or seizing the goods of CERS-approved tenants for a 12-week period from the date of approval of the tenant’s CERS application. Further, if a tenant reapplies for a new CERS payment, the eviction ban restarts from the date of the new approval. Tenants are required to provide their landlord with proof of approval for CERS.