Province Announces Pause On Residential Evictions

Thursday January 14th, 2021

Posted at 10:40am

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The province of Ontario is temporarily pausing residential evictions for the second time in less than a year.

Provincial officials have issued an emergency order to temporarily pause the enforcement of residential evictions. The government says it will ensure people are not forced to leave their homes during the provincial declaration of emergency and while the stay-at-home-order is in force.

The order will also protect homeowners who are facing evictions due to court orders for possession of their properties.

“By temporarily pausing residential evictions, we are ensuring that all Ontarians are able to stay home, stay safe, and save lives,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government will ensure that residential evictions continue to be paused for the remainder of the state of emergency, as long as it lasts.”

Provincial officials say the Landlord and Tenant Board will continue to hear eviction applications and issue orders, but the enforcement of eviction orders will be postponed for the duration of the emergency order, except in urgent situations – such as for illegal activity.

The government plans to extend the evictions pause if the provincial declaration of emergency is extended.

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