Proposed Changes to Commercial Tenancies Act

Published on June 08, 2020

Temporary Ban on Commercial Evictions

We have repeatedly asked that landlords work with their tenants and apply to the commercial rent assistance program.

However, we are still seeing too many commercial evictions happening. This has included small family-run businesses. This is just unacceptable, and we will protect these businesses.

The government is proposing changes to the Commerical Tenancies Act that would, if passed, ban commercial evictions until August 31, 2020 - so that landlords who have commercial tenants eligible for rent assistance, cannot loc them out or seize their assets.

If passed, the legislation would reverse evictions that occurred on or after June 3, 2020.

Commercial tenants who can pay their rent must do so. Landlords should work with their tenants to come to an agreement and use the joint program we have set up with the federal government.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance requires tenants and landlords to work collaboratively by both paying 25 per cent, while the government covers the rest.

We have to work together to overcome COVID-19. That’s true for protecting public health and for protecting our economy.