Dear Neighbour, 

As promised, here are the full details of the stay-at-home order and residential evictions emergency order. There are also several changes to the sector-specific restrictions for businesses and workplaces, including construction, which you can find here.

If you find these measures confusing, that’s because it’s full of exemptions, contradictions, and vague instructions that pretty much allows everyone to decide for themselves what is essential according to their “best judgement”.

The province has also delegated enforcement to municipalities. When a rule is unclear, it is the by-law enforcement officers who will make the call.

According to Toronto Police, under the new measures, the police do not have authority to stop a car to check on compliance measures and individuals don’t have to tell officers why they are outside. Additionally, workers are not required to have proof from their employer that they are travelling to or from their workplace.

I have included a link to my Tuesday newsletter below, which includes some context about the status of COVID-19 in Ontario and the government’s decision to introduce a stay-at-home order. 

I encourage everyone to continue to follow public health guidelines. Please keep in mind  that we are in a public health emergency and we all have a role to play in keeping each other safe.

Bhutila Karpoche,
MPP for Parkdale—High Park

Stay-at-home order

The stay-at-home order dictates that everyone must stay at home, unless leaving their home is necessary for one or more of the following purposes: 

Goods and services

  • Work or volunteering that can only be done in-person

  • Attending school, child care, training, or other educational services

  • Obtaining food, beverages, personal care items, medications, cleaning supplies, and other essential goods or services

  • Picking up goods from a business or place that is permitted to provide curbside pickup

  • Attending an appointment at a business or place permitted to be open by appointment

  • Obtaining services from a financial institution, cheque cashing service, government office, social services and supports, mental health support services, or addictions support services. 

  • Obtaining goods or services that are necessary for the health and safety of an animal, including veterinary services, obtaining animal food or supplies, protecting an animal from suffering abuse, and walking or otherwise exercising an animal. 

Caring for others 

  • Delivering goods or providing care or support to an individual who requires it, or receiving such support or assistance, including in congregate care settings.

  • Accompanying an individual who requires assistance leaving their home for any purpose permitted under the stay-at-home order

  • Taking a child to the child’s parent or guardian, or to the parent or guardian’s residence

  • Taking a member of one’s own household to any place under the stay-at-home order

Health, safety, and legal

  • Doing anything that is needed to respond to or avoid an imminent risk to an individual’s health or safety, including; protecting oneself or others from domestic violence, leaving unsafe living conditions, and seeking emergency assistance. 

  • Exercise, including walking or using an assistive mobility device, or using an outdoor recreational amenity that is permitted to be open.

  • Attending a place as required by law or in relation to the administration of justice (court hearing, parole, etc.)

  • Exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right

Travel, residences, moving

  • Travelling to another of your own residences if you intend to be there for less than 24 hours and are attending for one of the purposes outlined in the order (e.g. essential maintenance)

  • Travelling to another of your own residences if you intend to reside at the residence for at least 14 days. 

  • Travelling between the homes of parents, guardians or caregivers, if the individual is under their care. 

  • Making arrangement to purchase or sell a residence or to begin or end a residential lease

  • Moving residences

  • Travelling to an airport, bus station, or train station for the purpose of travelling to a destination that is outside of Ontario


  • Attending a gathering for the purpose of a wedding, funeral, or religious service, rite or ceremony that is permitted under the Stage 1 Order. 

  • Gathering with members of a single other household, only if you live alone.  

Please note that this summary of the stay-at-home order is not legal advice and does not purport to be or to provide an interpretation of the law. In the event of any conflict or difference between this summary information and any applicable legislation or regulation, the legislation or regulation prevails.

Residential Evictions Order

The government has introduced an emergency order under the authority of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act which places restrictions on the enforcement of residential evictions. The order outlines the following in Subsection 1:

  • No person shall attend at a residential premises for the purpose of enforcing any of the following:

    • 1. An order evicting a tenant under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006.

    • 2. A writ of possession issued by the Superior Court of Justice removing a person from their place of residence.

Subsection 2 of the order outlines that the eviction enforcement moratorium does not apply if the Landlord and Tenant Board (for an eviction) or the Superior Court (for a writ of possession) requests that the sheriff expedite the enforcement of the order.

Note on the eviction moratorium: The government’s statement says that Subsection 2 is to accommodate “urgent situations”, however the requirement for urgency, or what constitutes an urgent situation, is not outlined in the order. This leaves giant loopholes that allow for the LTB to evict tenants at their own discretion. I have called for the eviction ban that fully protects tenants during this public health emergency -- one that includes eviction hearings, notices and orders. I will also continue to push for rent relief for tenants. 

If you are a tenant and your landlord has locked you out, or is threatening to lock you out, you can contact Ontario’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit for help.

You can read my Tuesday newsletter about the stay-at-home order here

Reminder: For the most up-to-date information please visit Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Contact information is available on my website here.
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While our office is closed to the public as part of our efforts to manage the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and email. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. 

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