Before COVID-19 gripped our country, province and communities, our government tabled the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act (Bill 184).
Our proposed changes to community housing — which are supported by Co-Operative Housing Federation of Canada and the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association — would improve the waiting-list system, protect public investments in community housing, and give clarity to housing providers whose legacy agreements and mortgages have ended. These changes directly respond to recommendations made by the auditor general.
This legislation would bring in a suite of positive changes for landlords and tenants. It would compel landlords to tell the Landlord and Tenant Board if they have evicted a tenant to use a unit themselves before or to do repairs and renovations, helping the board identify landlords who may be breaking the law. Our proposal would also significantly increase fines to corporations for offences committed under the Residential Tenancies Act, increase compensation to tenants who have been “renovicted” or evicted in bad faith, and extend compensation for more tenants evicted for causes beyond their control.