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CECRA Update - Application Portal is Open

Monday, Jun 01, 2020

The application portal for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program is finally open. Property owners were asked to register for their CECRA accounts according to a specific schedule last week, but, as of last Friday, all property owners are free to register. In this News ReLease we discuss the application process, what is needed to apply and more recent changes to CECRA...


Thursday, May 21, 2020

On both May 19 and May 20, CMHC released further updates to the CECRA program. A link to the information page is here:

Pandemic Updates - Commercial Landlords and Tenants

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Early last week, our News ReLease outlined the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) Program, which is a federal rent assistance program, to be administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Soon (later in May), many landlords and small business tenants across Canada will be able to avail themselves of this program. Late last week, CMHC updated some of the details of CECRA. In this News ReLease we report on the new changes to the CECRA program and take a look at questions that remain unanswered...

The Canada Emergency Rent Assistance Program

Monday, May 11, 2020

In April, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program – a joint venture between the fe...

COVID-19 Update: Ontario Construction

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2020

Last week, our News ReLease concerned Force Majeure/Unavoidable Delay. As an extra tidbit, we closed the publication with a short paragraph about l...

“Force Majeure” and the Doctrine of Frustration – Theory v. Reality

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2020

Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020, countless businesses have closed to comply with governmental re...

Sometimes when you lose - you win!

Friday, Feb 14, 2020

The tenant defaults. The landlord terminates. The tenant is off to court, seeking relief from forfeiture. The tenant succeeds. The court grants rel...

Penalty Clauses: Do They Stick?

Monday, Jan 27, 2020

It is common for a commercial lease to contain a provision that obliges a party to pay a pre-calculated amount of money in the event of a default, ...

A Construction Lien Primer - Part III

Friday, Nov 22, 2019

Last year, in Ontario, the Construction Lien Act (the “Old Act”) was renamed the Construction Act (the “New Act”) and was e...

A Construction Lien Primer - Part II

Friday, Nov 01, 2019

This is Part II of our three-part series dealing with the changes to Ontario's Construction Lien Act (the "Old Act") (renamed the Construction Act ...

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