It is very concerning that the Ontario government is exploring ways to remove protections for tenants during the eviction process. If measures to speed up the eviction process are implemented, and the process by which tenants are physically removed from their units is deregulated, it is Ontario’s most vulnerable residents who will be affected.
Most tenants that CERA hears from are facing eviction for financial reasons that are often beyond their control, whether it be a job loss or unforeseen expenses such as the death of a loved one. These Ontarians want to pay their rent and are willing to do everything in their power to get back on track. Speeding up the eviction process takes away their ability to do so., And allowing landlords to hire independent agents to turn people onto the street will only lead to increased rates of homelessness and housing insecurity across Ontario.
In a province where we know that some landlords are taking every opportunity to try to evict long-term tenants in order to raise rents in their buildings, the government should not be making it easier to remove Ontarians from their homes. If the proposed changes are implemented, those who will feel the effects most are our most vulnerable: low income Ontarians, newcomers, seniors, and youth.
CERA is adamantly opposed to the government taking these steps, which will substantially exacerbate housing insecurity for vulnerable tenants and negatively contribute to our current homelessness crisis.