Ontario’s promised commercial tenant protection passed into law yesterday.

This is a temporary measure intended to restrict, halt or reverse evictions of commercial tenants
and protect them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19 by their landlords.

The legislation applies to businesses that are eligible for the Canada Emergency Commercial
Rent Assistance (CECRA):

  • Pay no more than $50,000 in gross rent each month, per location
  • Are experiencing at least a 70% drop in pre-COVID‑19 revenues (determined by comparing
    revenues in April, May or June 2020 to the same months in 2019, or by comparing to average
    revenues for January and February 2020)
  • Generate $20 million or less in gross annual revenues, calculated on a
    consolidated basis (at the ultimate parent level)

This applies to evictions from May 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020.

Tenants and landlords can learn more about eligibility for CECRA here:
Ontario.ca/rentassistance