Ontario Issues Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

The Ontario government has issued an emergency order to temporarily pause the enforcement of residential evictions during the provincial declaration of emergency and while the stay-at-home-order is in force. While this does mean that non-payment of rent will not result in an immediate eviction, it does not mean that an eviction will not happen at the end of the State of Emergency.

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. This includes orders issued, but not carried out, before the emergency order came into effect.

The pause on residential evictions will remain in effect until the end of the State of Emergency, no matter how long the State of Emergency lasts.