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Ontario extends eviction prohibition for commercial tenants in rent arrears due to COVID-19

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Ontario adds two-month reprieve for rent arrears

Provincial intervention in the commercial sector is limited to tenants who meet the prerequisites for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance, but whose landlords have not applied for the relief.
Ontario capital markets set for modernization effort

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Ontario capital markets set for rule revamp

Proposals address a range of issues that are likely to be of interest to listed real estate entities and their investors, as well as start-up ventures and other publicly traded service providers to the industry.
certification exams

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Apprentice backlog tackles certification exams

Typically, about 1,700 candidates write certification exams for the skilled trades every month in Ontario, but COVID-19 shut down provincial testing centres last March.
Ontario consults on next conservation framework, due to begin in January 2021

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Ontario consults on next conservation framework

Residential consumption is identified as a primary concern and opportunity for the 2021-24 period, along with a continued emphasis on reducing system-wide peak demand
Many hydro accounts for common areas in large multi-residential buildings will no longer qualify for the Ontario Electricity Rebate as of November 2020

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Ontario Electricity Rebate applied unevenly

Many hydro accounts specifically tied to the common areas of multi-residential buildings will no longer qualify for the 31.8 per cent rebate beginning in November 2020.
energy management paybacks

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Ontario stalls energy management paybacks

A temporary adjustment to Ontario’s electricity pricing scheme eliminates cost-saving opportunities that many operators of large commercial buildings were anticipating this summer.
Ontario Ombudsman investigates delays at Landlord and Tenant Board

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Ontario Ombudsman tracks LTB’s sluggish pace

The Ombudsman's newly released 2019-20 annual report identifies the Landlord and Tenant Board as one of the most common sources of complaints, prompting an in-progress investigation.
Ontario to amend Commercial Tenancies Act to temporarily halt evictions of tenants qualifying for CECRA

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Ontario to amend Commercial Tenancies Act

Following similar actions in B.C. and Alberta, the Ontario government will temporarily halt evictions of tenants eligible for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA).
Ontario raises electricity price threshold to 12.8 cents per kilowatt-hour

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Ontario nudges up electricity price threshold

As of June 1, residential, small business and farm customers will pay at a rate of 12.8 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in place of 10.1 cents/kWh.
COVID-19 repercussions driving up global adjustment costs for commercial electricity customers

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COVID-19 incubates global adjustment 2021-22

For Class A consumers, cost-saving potential will be diminished even if they successfully curtail demand during the five peak hours since those peaks are expected to be lower than usual.
energy management paybacks

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Time-of-use pricing respite adds nominal costs

Temporary suspension of Ontario’s time-of-use pricing scheme equates to a 3 per cent sliver of the projected provincial expenditure to underwrite electricity costs in 2020-21.
multi-res operations

Canadian Apartment Magazine

The keys to reopening multi-res operations

As Ontario prepares to reopen the economy, what will the upcoming months look like for multi-res operations? Legal expert Joe Hoffer shares important tips to help landlords manage the risks as they navigate their way into "new normal".
Ontario to offset electricity costs with fixed rate for global adjustment in April, May and June

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Ontario to temporarily offset electricity costs

Commercial and industrial electricity customers will pay the differential above 11.5 cents per kilowatt-hour in added monthly increments beginning in January 2021.
site preparation and excavation are among construction activities allowed to resume in Ontario

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Ontario permits more construction activities

Landscaping and lawn care are also on a shortlist of businesses allowed to offer services if they adhere to public health protocol.
Commercial leasing specialists flag some potentially cumbersome details in commercial rent relief program

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Vague or cumbersome details flagged in OCECRA

Commercial leasing specialists suggest landlords may prefer to stick with rent deferral agreements they have already negotiated.
New legislation addresses Ontario's timelines for planning decisions during COVID-19 emergency

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State of emergency allows for planning decisions

Ontario has taken legislative steps to ensure that municipal councils do not need to worry about decision timelines under the Planning Act during the COVID-19-related state of emergency.
Ontario electricity prices hold steady despite dropping demand

Canadian Property Management

Ontario electricity prices flout sliding demand

Despite a steep drop in province-wide energy consumption due to COVID-19 triggered business shutdowns, many building owners/managers expect a more modest flow-through dip in operating costs.