August 24, 2020
Honourable Rod Phillips, M.P.P.
Minister of Finance
Ministry of Finance
Frost Building South
7 Queen’s Park Cres.
Toronto, ON M7A 1Y7
RE: Commercial Eviction Ban
I, along with many of my constituents, were very pleased with your government’s decision to pass a commercial eviction ban as part of the The Protecting Small Business Act, 2020. I also want to express my gratitude to your government for their participation in the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program. This vital program has saved many small businesses from closure during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of my constituents have reached out to me with concerns that their commercial landlords are illegally locking them out of their businesses. Some landlords are refusing to participate in the CECRA and are waiting for the moratorium on evictions to lapse in order to evict their tenants. During this time, this threatens the survival of their business and threatens the overall stability of the economy. I am sure that you can appreciate how important it is to support small business, especially considering the tremendous economic benefit they provide to the local community.
We must work together, across party lines and orders of government, for the good of our province and in order to protect small businesses during this difficult time.
I respectfully request that your government take immediate action to:
- Extend the ban on commercial evictions until December 31st; and
- Work with your federal counterparts to extend the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program until December 31st.
We know that the livelihoods of many family-run, small businesses hang in the balance and they are counting on us to ensure they can recover.
Thank you for your consideration in this regard.
Member of Parliament for Whitby
The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Finance
The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
The Hon. Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario
Mr. Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby