CFIB Statement on Ontario Commercial Eviction Moratorium & Stage 2 Reopening

Toronto, June 8, 2020 - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) applauds the Ontario government’s announcement today to finally put a temporary halt to commercial tenant evictions. CFIB has been calling for a commercial eviction ban for tenants in good standing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are relieved that no more struggling small businesses will find locks on their doors because their landlords are unwilling or unable to participate in the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. 

We will continue to urge the provincial and federal governments to make much-needed improvements to CECRA to either make it easier for landlords to apply, or to pass the financial relief directly to small business tenants.

CFIB also welcomes the details provided today on Stage 2 business reopenings. After months of decreased revenues and mounting bills, retail businesses in malls, the personal services sector, and bars and restaurants in most regions in Ontario will finally start down the long road to economic recovery. 

We also appreciate the government’s cautious, yet sensible approach to regional reopening, not holding back businesses from opening their doors to customers sooner in areas where warranted by COVID-19 statistics.

We look forward to working with the Ontario government on a healthy and strong economic recovery.

-Ryan Mallough, Director of Provincial Affairs, Ontario
-Julie Kwiecinski, Director of Provincial Affairs, Ontario

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