CERS applications to be accepted as of November 23

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CERS applications to be accepted as of Nov. 23

Legislation to enable the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) received parliamentary approval late last week and an online application portal was expected to be operational for Nov. 23.
Coroner's inquest to examine circumstances of 2009 scaffolding collapse

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Inquest to examine 2009 scaffolding collapse

An inquest into the circumstances of the four construction workers' deaths is mandatory under Ontario's Coroners Act. A construction site supervisor has already been convicted.
New tax credit could apply on eligible common area upgrades


New tax credit may apply on common area upgrades

The one-time tax credit applies on eligible capital improvements made in 2021 to safeguard seniors and enable mobility and independence within their current principal residence.
commercial evictions

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Ontario wires commercial evictions on/off switch

A proposed amendment to the Commercial Tenancies Act, included in Ontario's budget bill, would allow the Minister to impose future COVID-19-related prohibitions on commercial evictions via regulation.
Ontario budget dismantles historic property tax disparity

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Historic property tax disparity dismantled

As announced in the provincial budget, the Ontario government plans to equalize the business education tax (BET) rate at 0.88 per cent for 2021, equating to a $450-million tax cut province-wide.
Ontario budget promises to shift some locked-in hydro costs to general provincial expenditures

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Ontario to shift some locked-in hydro costs

The roughly $433-million annual allocation for the relief measure will cover a small portion of the total global adjustment, which surpassed $1 billion in every month from January to September this year.
Surplus provincial land fast-tracked for long-term care home projects

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Long-term care home projects put on fast track

The Ontario government has released a bid package offering three land parcels tied to requirements for successful proponents to develop and operate a total of 896 new long-term care beds.
Residential superintendents have rare pay status in Ontario's workforce

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Superintendents’ rare pay status challenged

Added demands of COVID-19 haven’t necessarily come with a commensurate boost in earnings for a workforce among the minority of Ontario employees exempt from a mandated minimum wage.
hydro cost hit postponed with extended eligibility for Ontario Electricity Rebate


Rebate extension postpones hydro cost hit

The six-month extension comes with an improved rate since the discount on pre-tax electricity consumption and transmission/distribution costs will increase to 33.2 per cent on November 1.
Ontario promises property tax and utility cost relief in step with public health controls

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Ontario to defray costs of public health controls

Further details are promised soon on a $300-million fund to help defray property tax and utility costs for businesses forced to curtail or shut down operations due to COVID-19 concerns.
Regulatory adjustments framed as red tape reduction in Ontario

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Ontario unveils more regulatory adjustments

A recycled title adorns the Ontario government's latest initiative to be framed as red tape reduction. Bill 213, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020, is an omnibus effort to amend more than two dozen statutes.

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A Shock of Life: Making AEDs more accessible

In a cardiac arrest, every moment counts. Promisingly, research shows that using an automated external defibrillator (AED) in conjunction with CPR within minutes of a
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.
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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


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.