Doug Ford is halting all evictions in Ontario until further notice
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put people all over the world in precarious financial situations, Ontario residents will likely be glad to know that there will be no more evictions in the province until further notice.
Speaking at a press conference alongside several ministers Thursday afternoon, Ford told residents they simply shouldn't have to worry about making rent in times like these.
The last thing that people need when being told to isolate at home, is to worry about not being able to afford their home or business’ rent. We are temporarily suspending eviction orders to ensure that tenants are protected. pic.twitter.com/cRzidsAIyO— Doug Ford (@fordnation) March 19, 2020
"We don’t want you to worry about your job. We also don’t want you to worry about how you’re going to make rent this month," Ford said.
"That’s why I’ve directed that all eviction orders be suspended until further notice. We want to make sure you and your family can stay in your home during this difficult time. So you can put your health and the health of others first."
We are committed to ensuring Ontarians remain safe and secure during this challenging time and are looking at all tools to help individuals and families stay in their homes.— Doug Downey (@douglasdowney) March 19, 2020
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The decision comes after renters and housing advocates in the province demanded a moratorium on eviction notices.
It also comes as banks in Canada have announced that they'll allow homeowners to defer their mortgage payments.
In the same press conference, the government said the province will be extending the validity for drivers’ licenses, licence plate stickers, health cards and other documents in order to prevent residents from visiting Service Ontario locations in person.
Ford also emphasized the need for residents to "self-police" when it comes to following social distancing and self-isolation measures.
"Folks, we're in a critical situation right now," the Premier said. "If you're coming back from a holiday [and] you aren't self-isolating, you're putting the people of Ontario at risk."
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