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HOUSEHOLDS EXPECT RETURN TO PRE-PANDEMIC SPENDING WITHIN A YEAR, BANK OF CANADA SAYS

Posted in Coronavirus, Finance, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

HOUSEHOLDS EXPECT RETURN TO PRE-PANDEMIC SPENDING WITHIN A YEAR, BANK OF CANADA SAYS

Canadian household spending will eclipse earnings in the coming months as vaccinations increase and uncertainty from the pandemic recedes, the Bank of Canada said in a report released Monday. The central bank says the gap between spending and wage expectations has never been so wide in its quarterly survey of consumer expectations. Officials at the bank suggest that gap is likely the result of households intending to spend some of the billions in savings built up during the pandemic, either...

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WHAT THE LATEST SHUTDOWN MEANS FOR ONTARIO REAL ESTATE

Posted in Broker Listings, Broker Sales, Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Development, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

WHAT THE LATEST SHUTDOWN MEANS FOR ONTARIO REAL ESTATE

With a province-wide “emergency brake” shutdown looming in Ontario, new rules will come into place on Saturday April 3, having effects on nearly every industry in the province, including real estate. The most substantial real estate restrictions will be placed on rental accommodations. All hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, resorts, student housing, and other shared rental accommodations will not be permitted to open their shared amenities such as pools, gyms, or other recreational facilities....

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ONTARIO IMPLEMENTS PROVINCEWIDE EMERGENCY BRAKE

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Employment, Finance, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy

ONTARIO IMPLEMENTS PROVINCEWIDE EMERGENCY BRAKE

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and the government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks. Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier...

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CITY POWERLESS TO DEAL WITH MASK VIOLATIONS IN CONDO COMMON AREAS

Posted in Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

CITY POWERLESS TO DEAL WITH MASK VIOLATIONS IN CONDO COMMON AREAS

The City of Toronto has received nearly 2,000 complaints about apartment and condo residents who remain unmasked in common building areas but has not issued a single ticket or charge in response. Toronto’s mandatory face-covering bylaw — at least for apartment and condo residents — has no teeth. “Under the provincial regulation, there is no provision to charge an individual — the person not wearing the mask — for not wearing a mask in a condo or apartment building,” according to a statement...

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ALMOST 50 INFECTED, COVID-19 OUTBREAK DECLARED AT LONDON APARTMENT BUILDINGS

Posted in Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

ALMOST 50 INFECTED, COVID-19 OUTBREAK DECLARED AT LONDON APARTMENT BUILDINGS

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at an apartment complex in the city’s northeast, where almost 50 people have tested positive for the virus. Between the two buildings, at 112 and 114 Arbor Glen Crescent, 46 people have tested positive for COVID-19, including three staff members. “The health unit was notified of an initial case who lives in one of the buildings on December 11th and made the decision to declare an outbreak after being notified of 19...

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SAFE AT HOME LAUNCHES 100 HOMES CAMPAIGN IN WHITEHORSE

Posted in Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

SAFE AT HOME LAUNCHES 100 HOMES CAMPAIGN IN WHITEHORSE

A new campaign is underway to match Whitehorse residents in need of safe, reliable housing with landlords trying to fill their rental properties. The 100 Homes Campaign, which is being led by local non-profit Safe at Home in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association Foundation, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the City of Whitehorse, was officially launched on Dec. 17. It aims to house 100 people by March 31, with a longer-term goal of creating a pool of 100 housing...

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COVID-19: ONTARIO PROVINCEWIDE SHUTDOWN

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Employment, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy

COVID-19: ONTARIO PROVINCEWIDE SHUTDOWN

Learn about the time-limited restrictions and public health and workplace safety measures during the provincewide shutdown. The provincewide shutdown is in effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Download PDF The information contained in this document is intended to communicate a summary of information about measures proposed to come into effect in Ontario or in areas of Ontario at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 26. The material is not legal advice and does not purport to be...

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MAKE SURE YOUR PROPERTY IS DOING EVERYTHING TO MEET RESIDENTS’ LAUNDRY NEEDS

Posted in Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Laundry

MAKE SURE YOUR PROPERTY IS DOING EVERYTHING TO MEET RESIDENTS’ LAUNDRY NEEDS

No doubt that COVID-19 has us all more than a bit on edge. Community laundry facilities stand on the front lines, not only helping to keep the spread of the virus in check, but also serving as centers, where residents can get information. Just as you would utilize signage, your website and social media to communicate with residents, property managers should leverage the same mediums to distribute information. Offering messaging in multiple languages, obviously including French in specific...

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HOW HAS COVID-19 IMPACTED CANADA’S STUDENT RENTAL MARKET?

Posted in Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Student Housing

HOW HAS COVID-19 IMPACTED CANADA’S STUDENT RENTAL MARKET?

With the return to school having achieved the topic of the day status for a few weeks in late summer, real estate investors’ thoughts undoubtedly turned toward the fate of the country’s student rental market. COVID-19 has forced most Canadian universities to adopt remote learning models until at least the end of 2020, but is the new paradigm really leading to a decline in demand for student rentals? Timbercreek’s executive director of origination, Geoff McTait, says student rentals have, like...

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CITY RELEASES PROPOSED BYLAW TO REGULATE RENTAL PROPERTIES

Posted in Affordable Housing, Bylaws / Regulations, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

CITY RELEASES PROPOSED BYLAW TO REGULATE RENTAL PROPERTIES

A bylaw proposed by the city would make sure landlords maintain their rental units and encourage tenants to help keep cockroaches, rats and other pests out of the building. The draft bylaw published by the city on Tuesday would effectively set a minimum standard for all rental housing in Ottawa, including social housing. Council last year rejected the idea of a licensing regime for landlords but directed staff to establish additional regulations for Ottawa’s residential rental industry. Under...

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