Advocacy

Fighting for policy to help you through these unprecedented times

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented levels of disruption and anxiety in all of our lives, and real estate is no different.  In the manner of only a short few weeks, your businesses have likely seen dramatic changes that may be causing you to feel uncertain about how real estate will be bought and sold, both in the short-term and in the long-term.

The Ontario Real Estate Association understands how you may be feeling.  And we want you to know that we are here to help you through these uncertain and unpredictable times to the very best of our ability.  We have your back.

That is why we have created a resource for you on what the Federal and Provincial Governments are doing to support you, your families, and your businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will also inform you of what our Government Relations team is doing to fight for government policy that will help you through these unprecedented times.

We have your back, and together, we will get through this.

An Open Letter to Minister Freeland

September 30, 2020 Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of FinanceJim Flaherty Building90 Elgin StreetOttawa, Ontario K1P 5E9 Dear Minister Freeland: On behalf of Ontario REALTORS®,…

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit Extension Update

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provided temporary income support to Canadians who were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB offered a broad range of eligibility criteria, allowing those who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) to participate in the program. In March, April and May, heavy restrictions placed on the operations of REALTORS® found many turning to CERB to supplement their income. As social distancing measures have progressively loosened throughout the summer, Federal support programs are reaching the end of their eligibility periods….

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What Landlords Need to Know

Despite federal and provincial government supports, a prolonged COVID-19 crisis and the resultant loss of jobs and income will make it difficult for some tenants to pay their rent. As…

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Financial Relief for Homeowners

Canadian homeowners who are experiencing unstable income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have options when it comes to paying their mortgage. Canada’s big six banks announced options for…

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Ontario Government Prohibits Open Houses

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the fastest moving issues in our lifetime. Nothing compares to this global public health crisis. Governments, at all levels, are continuing to update their action plans daily, and I wanted to share with…

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Real Estate as an Essential Service

Designated as essential service does not mean “business-as-usual” OREA advocated with the Province to keep real estate as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government has agreed –…

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