The financial shock from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the lives of Canadians, prompting provincial and local officials to suspend evictions for tenants.
On Thursday, the Government of Ontario announced new measures to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, which included suspending evictions, license renewals, and bypassing noise bylaws during evening hours to allow truck deliveries.
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Ford said that the provincial government will have an emergency sitting of the Legislature Thursday to introduce the emergency legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“These will be immediate relief measures for families and workers. This legislation is critical. No one should worry about losing their job because of the virus,” Ford said.
During Thursday’s announcement, Premier Doug Ford said he doesn’t want Ontario residents to worry about how they’re going to make rent this month, which prompted him to announce the suspension of all evictions until further notice.
“We want to make sure you and your family can stay in your home during this difficult time,” said Ford.
Ford also said the province is also extending renewals for drivers licences, vehicle stickers, health cards, and other documents amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, Ford said the province is taking the appropriate steps to ensure grocery stores are able to receive products and deliveries continuously by temporarily bypassing noise bylaws in the evening to ensure that stores can receive deliveries 24 hours a day, seven days a week, across the province.
This comes as there were 43 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus confirmed in the province on Thursday — the largest single-day increase since the outbreak began — and a second COVID-19-related death.