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On October 9, 2020 the Federal Government announced its intention to “introduce new, targeted support to help hard-hit businesses and other organizations experiencing a drop in revenue” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of this new support includes the roll out of the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (“CERS”). CERS will replace the Canada Emergency Commercial ...

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This blog post is further to our post on the B.C. government’s revised measures for residential landlords and tenants.

On July 16, 2020 the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (the “Minister”) announced a framework for rent repayment once the ban on evictions for the non-payment of rent is lifted on September 1, 2020. A ministerial order implementing the ...

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On June 24, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety issued a new ministerial order pursuant to the province’s Emergency Program Act relating to residential tenancies (the “New Order”). The New Order replaces the prior ministerial order dealing with residential tenancies, which we summarized in our blog here.

The New Order will impact Landlords and Tenants as follows:

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    Protection for commercial tenants, similar to what was previously announced in British Columbia, is now potentially coming to Alberta. See the Alberta government’s news release, dated June 16, 2020. On June 16, 2020, the Alberta government introduced Bill 23: the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act, which is intended to protect commercial tenants from evictions and ...

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    On May 29, 2020, the B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued Ministerial Order No. M179 (the “Order”) which has broad sweeping implications for numerous commercial tenancies in the Province. The preamble to the Order outlines one of the purposes of the Order which is that “measures are needed to prevent the eviction of small business tenants” ...

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    Further to our previous blog post, additional information has been provided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) regarding the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA). Details of this information can be viewed here

    Recapping our previous post, under the voluntary program, loans will be provided to qualifying commercial ...

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    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments across Canada have put measures in place to slow the spread, but which have also had a significant impact on business. The purpose of this post is to provide an overview of the powers available to the Government of Alberta to respond to the pandemic, and most notably, those available under the Alberta Emergency Management Act ...

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    Further to our previous blog post, Prime Minister Trudeau announced today further details regarding the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA). Details of the announcement can be viewed here.  

    Under the voluntary program, loans will be provided through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to qualifying commercial landlords to cover 50 ...

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    Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of businesses are seeking some form of rent relief from their landlords.

    When negotiating a rent relief agreement, there is a balance to be struck between providing meaningful relief to a tenant so that its business has a better chance of long term survival, while still allowing the landlord to meet its ongoing ...

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    On April 15, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued a Ministerial Order which permits all strata corporations to hold electronic annual and general meetings (i.e via Skype, Zoom, etc.), even if the strata corporation has no specific bylaw passed enabling it to be held this way. This order helps address the controversy over the use of these methods ...

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