COVID-19 Impact on Residential & Commercial Tenancies


The Ontario government hasn’t provided any assistance yet to commercial tenants. There is mounting public and media pressure to get something done before April 1st. Media reports have been urging commercial landlords to be lenient with their tenants and show some compassion such as:

  • Rent deferrals;
  • Rent abatements;
  • Alternative pay structure;
  • Short term arrangements.

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This is a collection of information on what the Province of Ontario is doing or intending to do for residential tenancies in dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis:

NOTE: Despite Premier Doug Ford’s announcements to protect residential tenants, No formal policy details have yet been unveiled by the government.


  • March 19, 2020: Ford announces suspensions of all evictions;
  • March 19, 2020: LTB suspends all hearings relating to eviction applications, the issuance of eviction orders etc…
  • March 26, 2020: The Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order suspending limitation periods and procedural time periods relevant to tribunal proceedings;
  • March 26, 2020: Doug Ford announced that Ontario tenants who don’t pay rent on April 1st won’t be evicted, but this is only for emergencies. Premier Doug Ford’s point is that people should not have to decide between paying rent and putting food on the table.

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