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Ontario temporarily pauses commercial evictions

Last Updated Jun 17, 2020 at 11:42 pm EDT

A closed Value Village in North Etobicoke. Many retail stores were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tony Fera/CityNews)

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.