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Rent Payments in Canada During COVID-19 for the Immunocompromised: What you Need to Know

CDHF

Written by: CDHF

Updated: November 15th, 2022

Unfortunately those most at risk of developing severe complications if exposed to COVID-19 are also most at risk of developing financial difficulties during this time. If you’re immunocompromised and had to take leave from a job that is essential or has duties that cannot be performed at home, this article is for you. 

We are not financial experts; however, we did the best we could to collect pertinent information on the subject to help our community navigate life during this difficult time. Click through the following options to find some solutions. If what you’re looking for isn’t on this list, please let us know, and we will do our best to point you in the right direction. 

I’m a Canadian who is immunocompromised and: 

I’m a Canadian who is immunocompromised, and I am worried about paying my rent during the COVID-19 crisis:

This month, many Canadians faced paying their rent for the first time under severe financial strain . However, with no end to life in isolation and physical distancing measures, most Canadian provinces have implemented an eviction freeze, as allowing evictions would have negative health impacts during this time.

Rent controls are a provincial measure, and each province has put together their plans to confront this issue. Click your province to go directly to the information that pertains to you. We have put together a list of each provinces’ current stance on rent payments during the COVID-19 crisis. These measures were taken directly from each province’s official site, which we have linked too respectively. 

Alberta

New protections are in place for residential and mobile homes site tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19:

Additional Resources for Alberta:

British Columbia:

New protections are in place for residential and mobile homes site tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19:

Tenants are still expected to pay rent in full and on-time if possible, however,

For those who are having difficulty covering rent, there is an option to apply for a temporary rent supplement of $500. This assistance is only available to low income and moderate-income households. You can find the application for this supplement here: BC Housing website

Additional Resources for residents of British Columbia:

Tenants facing difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis should also consider all assistance that is available to them, including:

Manitoba

The Manitoba government is temporarily postponing eviction hearings, and all rent increases are suspended from April 1- May 31.

However, tenants in Manitoba are still expected to pay their rent on time and in full. If rent looks like it will be out of reach due to lack of income, the tenant may still be subject to late fees if previously stated in the lease agreement. 

For tenants who are struggling, the Manitoba government encourages tenants to reach out to landlords immediately to work out a payment plan.  

Additional Resources for Manitoba:

New Brunswick

A landlord’s ability to evict a tenant due to non-payment of rent is suspended until May 31 2020. 

Additional Resources for New Brunswick:

Newfoundland and Labrador

If you have lost income due to the impacts of COVID-19, the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador have ensured tenants cannot be evicted.

Additional Resources for Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Measures announced to help vulnerable Nova Scotians include:

Additional Resources for Nova Scotia

Northwest Territories

Additional Resources for Northwest Territories:

Nunavut

There has been no official announcement for residents of Nunavut. For questions, contact the public health office. Below is the contact information listed on their site:

Headquarters

Department of Health
Government of Nunavut
Box 1000, Station 1000
Iqaluit, NU
X0A 0H0

Phone: (867) 975-5700
Fax: (867) 975-5705

Ontario

Additional resources for Ontario:

Prince Edward Island

Additional Resources for Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Ressources supplémentaires pour le Québec

Saskatchewan

Additional Resources for Saskatchewan

Yukon

Additional Resources for Yukoners


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