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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

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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

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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

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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.
hourly wage increase promised for Commissionaires security personnel

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Security agency pledges hourly wage increase

Security personnel on the Commissionaires Canada payroll in Ontario can expect an hourly wage increase of $2 effective April 6, reflecting their current status as essential provincial workers and the front line pressures they are facing.
Postponed reassessment delays Ontario's next property tax cycle

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Ontario to delay next property tax cycle

The move was announced in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, but additionally opens a window to adjust the mechanics of the assessment process itself.
Ontario municipalities revise schedules for property tax payments

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Schedules for property tax payments in flux

Late penalties for Toronto property tax, water and solid waste utility bills have been suspended until mid-May, while ratepayers get an additional 60 days to make tax payments. Mississauga has added 90 days to its tax payment deadlines.
education property tax deferrals introduced in Ontario and Alberta

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ON/AB: education property tax relief introduced

Alberta and Ontario are offering ratepayers temporary relief from the education portion of property tax bills.
key building services deemed essential in Ontario and Quebec

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ON/QC: access to key building services assured

Building owners, managers and occupants can be assured that life-safety systems, telecommunications, elevators and HVAC can be maintained and repaired as necessary, and that janitorial and security staff are permitted on-site.