RCC Wants Moratorium On Commercial Evictions

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is calling on the Ontario government for a moratorium on commercial evictions. “Collectively, our members represent over 83,000 storefronts, restaurants, and hotels in Ontario,” it says. In an open letter, the council drew attention to the urgent need for an immediate moratorium on commercial evictions, retroactive to April 1 and extending to August 31, in order to match the end of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program application period (OCECRA in Ontario). “Rent relief remains a priority issue for our members and we continue to be deeply concerned that many landlords will ignore this voluntary program, which will inevitably result in a vast number of store closures. We are appreciative of the efforts that governments across the country have put into creating programs to avert layoffs and closings but, the reality is, retailers with severely reduced revenues have no ability to pay their rent.” In fact, 48 per cent of RCC members say they have not been able to pay their rent at all and 34 per cent say that landlords had threatened to either change their locks or evict them as a tenant. “That is why it's critical for all governments, including Ontario, to do everything possible to incite landlords to do the right thing in helping to prevent closures and, ultimately, job losses.”