The Ford government has passed legislation that temporarily suspends commercial evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government said it will protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized due to the negative impacts of COVID-19.
It’s retroactive to May 1, which is a month earlier than the Progressive Conservatives had previously proposed. The New Democrats have been calling for the measures to be retroactive to mid-March.
It lasts until August 31, 2020.
The NDP also wants to see all businesses qualify, not just ones that would be covered under a federal-provincial rent relief program, but whose landlords won’t apply.