Many injured workers know the fear of losing their housing when cut off or denied benefits. The current pandemic of Covid-19 has put additional pressure on those deemed by the WSIB to have a job at a time at a time when there is no hope of employment. They, and workers who stay home due to risk factors or co-worker exposures, all too often face the choice of whether to pay the rent or put food on the table.
Injured Workers Community Legal Clinic is one of over 70 community organizations supporting the STOP UNSAFE EVICTIONS campaign organized by the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) and the Ontario Alliance to End Homelessness. Nearly 7% of renters in Ontario were unable to pay their rent in full after losing their income from the pandemic crisis. This means nearly 105,000 renter households are at risk of being evicted into homelessness. With a severe shortage of affordable housing across Ontario’s communities, an eviction may force many into already crowded emergency shelters, informal and unsafe residences, or living in encampments during the cold winter months.
We urge Premier Ford and our Ontario government to protect people from evictions into homelessness by immediately restoring the court-ordered moratorium on residential evictions that was put in place in March of this year.
Please send a letter to Ontario leaders today to stop unsafe evictions. It will take 30 seconds to fill out the form in this link to send the letter: https://act.newmode.net/action/stop-unsafe-evictions.