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GOVERNMENT RESOURCES AND SUPPORT FOR COVID-19
from Brad Bradford, Councillor Ward 19 – Beaches-East York
March 24, 2020

 

Councillor Brad Bradford presents a consolidation of the latest Government Resources and Supports on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Refer to this link for complete details: https://www.bradbradford.ca/covid19/

 

 

FMTA (Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association) – City of Toronto COVID-19 Service Updates
(Updated – March 26th)

FMTA  has published recent updates from service providers in the City of Toronto that provide tenant or housing services …… e.g. Landlord and Tenant Board, City Apartment Repair and Public Health Enforcement, Housing Support – RGI Rent Payments, Shelters and Supports for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness and more …….

Refer to this FMTA link to access these recent updates:
https://www.torontotenants.org/city_of_toronto_covid_19_service_updates_march_2020

 

URGENT ACTION: Rent Freeze / Suspension of Rent & End NSF Fees & Internet for All!
Posted March 20, 2020

The Government of Canada released the Economic Response Plan to deal with the crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The response is timely as it lays out a range of benefits for Canadians as well as businesses to stay afloat in these extremely challenging times.

Refer to this link for full details where you can add your voice to support this action:
https://acorncanada.org/take-action/urgent-action-rent-freeze-suspension-of-rent-end-nsf-fees-internet-all

WHAT THE FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE MEANS FOR YOU
Posted March 20, 2020

We heard the Federal Government releasing an Economic Response Plan to help people deal with the crisis due to COVID-19. Here is a quick summary of what the economic package has to offer. However, ACORN Members and Leaders feel there are substantial gaps between what people need and what they will get with the stimulus package.

Refer to this link for more details:
https://acorncanada.org/what-federal-stimulus-package-means-you

 

The Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association (FMTA) has initiated a petition to Enact legislation stopping the payment of rent on April 1st for all residential tenants in Ontario!

An Urgent Message for Doug Ford and Steve Clark:
Enact legislation stopping the payment of rent on April 1st for all residential tenants in Ontario! 

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, people across the province of Ontario people are facing layoffs, work closures, and public health directives to stay home and self-isolate or practice social distancing. This is causing significant financial hardship for working families across the province – and it is only the beginning. Experts believe that this will not be resolved in the coming weeks. The province of Ontario has taken important steps by banning evictions and enacting legislation to protect the jobs of workers who need to stay home because of COVID-19. But it is not enough. For most people, not working means not earning sufficient income needed to pay for the necessities of life.

Shelter represents the single biggest line item in most household budgets. In recognition of these facts, the federal government has announced measures to defer the payment of mortgages for homeowners. We need a similarly comprehensive approach to help renters through these unprecedented times.

That is why we are calling on Doug Ford, premier of Ontario, and Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to support public health and protect those who are the most vulnerable in the face of this crisis, by enacting legislation waiving the payment of rent on April 1st for all residential tenants in Ontario.

NOTE – You can sign the petition at this FMTA  link:

Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association (FMTA)

https://www.torontotenants.org/covid

 

 

 

 

TENANT SUMMIT – MARCH 14TH

The Tenant Summit is a gathering of tenant association presidents and/or their representatives and tenant advocates, discussing an umbrella group, for the purpose of echoing one voice on important tenant issues in Toronto, like vacancy de-control, municipal and provincial government tenant legislation, above guideline (rent) increases, multi-residential property taxes. Together we are stronger!

Date: Saturday, March 14th 2020 10am – 12pm (registration 9:30 am until 10 am)
Location: Deer Park Public Library, 2nd Floor 40 St. Clair East Toronto, ON M4T 1M9 416-393-7657

Refer to this attachment: Tenant Summit March 14, 2020

NOTE: This notification was received from:

Councillor Paula Fletcher
Toronto Danforth – Ward 14
100 Queen Street West, Suite C44
Toronto, ON  M5H 2N2

Main Office Line: 416-392-4060
Direct Line: 416-338-7185


 

Join ACORN members and allies from across Ontario to demand real solutions to the housing crisis. Rents are rising out of control – we need rent control on ALL buildings and protections on the rent between tenancies, so landlords can’t evict tenants then jack up the rent.

ACORN members from Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Peel will be coming together to demand action.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020 – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location:
Ministry of Housing
777 Bay St
Toronto, Ontario M5G

Refer to this link for full details: https://www.torontotenants.org/toronto_acorn_rally_rent_control_2020

 Acorn Contact info: TorontoFO@ACORNCanada.org   Phone #:  416 461 9233

 

FMTA (Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association) Press Conference On Expiring Rent Increases in Ontario

Published on Dec 3, 2019

Tenants in Ontario are owed $Millions in rent reductions but are not getting their money. We call on the province to ensure tenants get their rent reductions.

FMTA official website: https://www.torontotenants.org/

 

Many high-rise apartment buildings around the GTA are currently undergoing major renovations and repairs of balconies. Most balconies tend to be made of metal with concrete slabs and are subject to wear and tear and rusting. Landlords and property owners deem these renovations and repairs are necessary to maintain the infrastructure and revitalize the appearance of the buildings. Hence these renovations are deemed ‘capital expenditure work’ under the Residential Tenancies Act.

Refer to: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb-december-19-2016-new-approach-applications-rent-increase-guideline/

Given that the Above Guideline Increase regulations of the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) deem renovation of balconies as ‘capital expenditure work’, the landlord has rights to renovate their property. The landlord will incur substantial costs from these renovations and the upshot is that the landlord can apply for an Above Guideline Increase and pass these costs on to their tenants. But. are those balcony renovations necessary, essential or cosmetic?

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