Ontario Temporarily Pauses Residential Evictions

The Ontario government has issued an emergency order on January 14, 2021, to temporarily pause the enforcement of residential evictions and ensure people are not forced to leave their homes during the provincial declaration of emergency and while the stay-at-home-order is in force.

This is the second time in less than a year that the province has paused residential evictions. This emergency order will also protect homeowners who are facing evictions due to court orders for possession of their properties.

The Landlord and Tenant Board will continue to hear eviction applications and issue orders, but the enforcement of eviction orders will be postponed for the duration of the emergency order, except in urgent situations – such as for illegal activity. This includes orders issued, but not carried out before the emergency order came into effect.

If you are a tenant and your landlord has locked you out or is threatening to lock you out, you can contact Ontario’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit for help.