Human Rights Measure

Human Rights
Human Rights

Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, 2020

Date Enacted: October 2020
Country: Canada
Region: North America

Provisions of this measure enacted in Ontario include “temporary protections for certain commercial tenants,” “a residential rent freeze,” and the non-effectiveness of “[e]viction orders for rent arrears . . . during the non-enforcement period,” as defined in the legislation. The “rent freeze period” is defined as starting January 1, 2021 and ending on December 31, 2021. Subsequently, the “Ontario government . . .  extended existing protections from commercial tenancy evictions” through Bill 229, “An Act to implement Budget measures and to enact, amend and repeal various statutes.”