Lockdown measures in Ontario will start to ease this week as the stay-at-home order effectively comes to an end. This means that the freeze on evictions will end as of February 16th meaning that many tenants who were ordered an eviction notice at LTB (Landlord and Tenant Board) hearings during this last two week period will be facing the threat of eviction as sheriffs go back to work.
No one should be evicted during a global pandemic and during the Winter no less.
This is why we need you to send an e-mail to your City Councillor and the Mayor demanding that they call on the provincial government to re-instate the evictions moratorium and implement a permanent eviction ban for the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Without the re-instatement of an evictions moratorium, thousands are at risk of being without a home.
Here is an example of an email that you can copy/paste and send to your City Councillor:
Councillor [Name of Councillor],
I am writing to you today to demand that you take action on residential evictions. As you most likely know, the stay-at-home order implemented by the Ford government will come to an end this week. This not only means that businesses can start to re-open but also that residential evictions will resume as sheriffs come back to work.
Even though there was a stay-at-home order, the Landlord and Tenant Board was still hard at work issuing eviction notices which means that starting on Tuesday, February 16th, likely hundreds of Ottawans will be at risk of eviction. This is why I am asking you as my City representative to call on the Ford government to re-instate the evictions moratorium and implement a permanent eviction ban for the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As your constituent, I demand that you act upon the overwhelming evidence that residential evictions exacerbate homelessness, overcrowding of shelters, circulation between households, and other phenomena that encourage the spread of this virus, as well as the human suffering and death that result from it.
An eviction ban is supported by medical and housing experts across the country including former UN Special Rapporteur on Housing, Leilani Farha, who called an eviction ban one of the only solutions we have to make sure that we contain the spread of this virus amongst those residents who face the most social and economic barriers.
Homelessness in our city has already risen by over 67% since the beginning of this pandemic and our shelter system, that has already been facing mass outbreaks, is at capacity and cannot handle any more people. An eviction ban isn't only necessary to take the strain off our shelter system but also to make sure we see and end to this virus and the death and suffering that come with it.
Residents need you to take action. We need you to use your influence to call on the Ford government to put an end to evictions.
You can find the contact information for all members of council here.