Up-to-date Sector Information

Ontario to Ban Some Commercial Evictions

  • June 08, 2020

Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday that the government will implement a moratorium on commercial evictions between June 3 and Aug. 31 for small businesses that qualify for the federal government’s Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program.

Revised Guidebook to Resuming Court Operations

  • July 03, 2020

This updated guidebook replaces earlier versions you may have previously reviewed. It now contains updated information about face coverings and PPE, the provision of gloves, enforcement and monitoring and our court entry screening tool.

The Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19

  • May 28, 2020

The Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19 recently held its second meeting to confirm the Action Committee's approach and priorities in offering national guidance to chief justices, judges and courts administration officials as decision are taken around the gradual resumption of court operations across Canada.

Bill 190, the COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

Today, the Government of Ontario passed legislative amendments in the COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020 that will provide relief and flexibility to different types of corporations and businesses in Ontario, as a result of the declared emergency. These legislative amendments will enable Ontario businesses and corporations to call and hold virtual meetings, defer annual meetings in some circumstances, utilize electronic signatures, and file documents electronically. It will also allow the use of electronic chattels under the PPSA. The OBA has advocated for the Ontario Government to make many of these changes as in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and as part of our ongoing business modernization efforts.

Ontario Providing Support for Industrial and Commercial Electricity Consumers During COVID-19

  • May 01, 2020

May 1, 2020 Electricity Costs: Ontario is taking steps to defer a portion of Global Adjustment (GA) charges for industrial and commercial electricity consumers that do not participate in the Regulated Price Plan for the period starting from April 2020. This initiative is intended to provide companies with temporary immediate relief on their monthly electricity bills in April, May and June 2020.

Emergency Order for Virtual Meetings and Annual Meetings

  • April 27, 2020

On April 24, 2020, the Government of Ontario amended Emergency Order O. Reg. 107/20 to address a number of issues with respect to virtual meetings and annual meetings for corporations, including condo corporations, co-operative corporations, businesses, and not-for-profits during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords

  • April 24, 2020

The Ontario government is partnering with the federal government to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal relief is more than $900 million, helping to ensure small businesses are ready to reopen their doors when the emergency measures are lifted.