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SEVERAL PROVINCES BEGIN EASING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

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

SEVERAL PROVINCES BEGIN EASING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

A much anticipated new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic starts today with several provinces beginning the process of slowly loosening some of their lockdown restrictions. Quebec, which accounts for more than half of Canada’s coronavirus cases, including deaths from the illness, is reopening retail stores outside Montreal while those in the greater Montreal area are to reopen on May 11. Ontario, the other epicentre for the virus, is allowing a small list of mostly seasonal businesses to...

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GRASSROOTS INITIATIVE HELPS FIND LOW-COST RENTALS FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS DURING PANDEMIC

Posted in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Vacancy Rates

GRASSROOTS INITIATIVE HELPS FIND LOW-COST RENTALS FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS DURING PANDEMIC

For health-care workers on the frontlines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest challenges is self-isolation, staying far enough away from their loved ones so that if they do contract the virus, they don’t carry it home with them. That concern has prompted a grassroots movement across Canada where property owners are offering up short-term accommodations at reduced prices to nurses, doctors and long-term care staff. Health Worker Housing was first launched in British Columbia,...

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DO YOU HAVE A POLICY IN PLACE ABOUT VISITORS AND DELIVERIES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

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

DO YOU HAVE A POLICY IN PLACE ABOUT VISITORS AND DELIVERIES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

High-rise multi-residential buildings face unique challenges during the current pandemic. While the news has offered some encouraging statistics for those of us in Ontario, residents should be reminded not to loiter and interact with others in lobbies, hallways, laundry rooms or any other common areas.  Maximum of three people only should be in the elevator.  Please stay in your unit as much as possible. Although we all recognize this is a difficult time, we all have a part to play in stopping...

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SOME N.S. APARTMENT LANDLORDS INSTITUTE NO-VISITOR POLICIES AMID COVID-19

Posted in Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Industry Trends

SOME N.S. APARTMENT LANDLORDS INSTITUTE NO-VISITOR POLICIES AMID COVID-19

With around one-fifth of Nova Scotians living in apartments according to the most recent census data, this poses a challenge to maintaining physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic because large numbers of people are housed in them and the complexes contain many shared areas. Some apartment owners in Nova Scotia have instituted no-visitor policies, while many apartment buildings have implemented extra cleaning in high-traffic areas and touch zones, such as door handles, elevator...

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UPDATED LIST OF ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN ONTARIO

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Legislation, Media Releases, Ministry Of Labour, Newsworthy, Professional Services

UPDATED LIST OF ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN ONTARIO

Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19. By 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020, businesses that are not identified on this list must close their physical locations. For the purposes of this order, businesses include any for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods...

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CONSIDER MAKING VACANT UNITS AVAILABLE FOR “EMERGENCY SHELTER”?

Posted in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Legal, Tenancy Law, Vacancy Rates

CONSIDER MAKING VACANT UNITS AVAILABLE FOR “EMERGENCY SHELTER”?

COVID-19 is likely to have a devastating impact for student housing operators and, quite possibly, for multi-res landlords generally, given the financial challenges resulting from tenants vacating tenancies to seek lower cost housing options. One area of housing for which there is now substantial demand is “Emergency Shelter”. Emergency shelter includes short term housing for victims of domestic abuse. Such housing may also be needed for “front line”, high risk medical...

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SOME TENANTS AND OCCUPANTS ARE IGNORING COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

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SOME TENANTS AND OCCUPANTS ARE IGNORING COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Despite widespread media coverage and landlord communication of COVID-prevention protocols, some tenants and occupants of multi-res buildings continue to host gatherings and continue to ignore physical distancing in their buildings. Some tenants are contacting landlords and alleging that other tenants or staff either have the virus or are breaching medical or self-isolation protocols. In some cases the information provided is reliable and in others it is entirely speculative and based on fear,...

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CANADA’S COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESPONSE – WHAT’S IN IT FOR LANDLORDS?

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CANADA’S COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESPONSE – WHAT’S IN IT FOR LANDLORDS?

The Government of Canada is taking action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. Along with other action, the Government is taking these steps which are relevant to many tenants and the rental housing providers who provide their homes. Temporary Income Support for Workers and Parents directly affected Waiving the one-week waiting period...

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CANADA’S COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN: SUPPORT FOR CANADIANS AND BUSINESSES

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CANADA’S COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN: SUPPORT FOR CANADIANS AND BUSINESSES

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. Support for Canadians...

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