Immediate Stoppage of Evictions
UPDATE: On Monday, March 16th, the Ministry of Attorney General spokesperson confirmed in an email to the Star that Sheriff’s offices have been asked to postpone any scheduled enforcement of eviction orders currently set for this week. This is a positive first step for the thousands of Tenants in Ontario at risk of losing their home during this pandemic. An official statement from the Attorney General has not been issued yet. It is unclear whether the enforcement of eviction orders will continue in the coming weeks and whether LTB eviction hearings will be scheduled over the phone.
Thanks to everyone who took immediate action yesterday. Stay tuned for more updates!
As we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most important steps we must take is to ensure that everyone remains housed. Stable housing is critical at allowing our health system to remain functional.
Many tenants in Ontario are anxious about losing their home. The loss of income is a serious risk for renters during this epidemic. Half of renters in Ontario make less than $40,000 a year and can lose their home if they experience a minor disruption in their income stream. Evicting tenants into homelessness is cruel and has serious public health consequences. The last thing we need is more people going to hospital emergency rooms, living in encampments, entering emergency shelters that are already at full capacity, or couch-surfing.
Many necessary steps have been taken by the province and cities across Ontario to meet the challenges of this pandemic. An immediate stoppage of evictions is absolutely critical at ensuring that everyone is housed and supported during these hard times.