Short-term Rentals Given Green Light to Re-open Friday, June 5th
Announcement will quickly kick-start summer cottage season
June 4, 2020 —

Pleased to announcement Ontario is giving the green light for the re-opening of short-term rentals, including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and B&Bs. All will be allowed to resume operations in Ontario starting Friday, June 5 at 12:01 a.m.
“This is a critical, positive decision for the economy of Hastings-Lennox and Addington and the livelihoods of thousands of people and businesses which depend on renting summer accommodations and serving renters with provisions and outfitting amenities,” said Kramp, who has strongly advocated for the sector.
“We have all worked hard in this area to suppress Covid-19 and been successful doing so. There have been many personal sacrifices to get us to this safe point where we can welcome our traditional tourist traffic and regular seasonal visitors back to our water-filled great outdoors.”
The Government continues to build on the gradual, staged approach outlined in A Framework for Re-opening our Province, A Plan to Restart Ontario: Stage 1, by easing restrictions based on the latest medical advice. This follows re-opening of provincial parks for day use, the reintroduction of backcountry camping at provincial parks and the re-opening of marinas and golf courses.
“Many local people rely on the rental of these properties to provide all of or supplement their incomes,” said MPP Kramp, “Owners will need to consult health and safety guidelines related to the tourism and hospitality sector when considering how they can re-open their doors to guests.”
Operators and guests need to practice physical distancing, wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge, and wash hands frequently. Health will remain the top priority as the Government proceeds cautiously and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Importance of Agri-Food Sector and Consumer Goods

  • The agri-food sector and the contributions of its workers are critical to ensuring the province’s consumer goods supply chain remains strong.
  • We have been taking action to support our supply chains during this time, including working with stakeholders to reinforce public health protocols, making investments to increase operational capacity and helping to address labour challenges.
  • To support our farming and food-processing sector in delivering the essential service it provides, we’re enhancing training and educational safeguards in these workplaces, related to stopping the spread of COVID-19.
  • We’re doing even more to address challenges our front-line workers face that may inhibit their ability to do their key work functions.
  • By working together to keep our food supply chain strong, we continue to demonstrate our true Ontario spirit to support one another and keep essential goods on the shelves during this unprecedented time

Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords

The Ontario government is partnering with the federal government to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal relief that would be provided is more than $900 million, helping to ensure small businesses are ready to reopen their doors when the emergency measures are lifted.

Details of the new program were announced today by Premier Doug Ford, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care.

"The vast majority of Ontario's small businesses and landlords are struggling during this extraordinary public health emergency," said Premier Ford. "That's why we are doing everything we can to support them through these tough economic times, so they can hit the ground running when we are in a position to open up the provincial economy. I want to thank the federal government for partnering with us to help our small businesses and commercial landlords. I look forward to working together to also provide much-needed support to residential renters ahead of May 1."

The OCECRA will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because their small business tenants have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To receive the loan, property owners will be required to reduce the rental costs of small business tenants for April to June 2020 by at least 75 per cent and commit to a moratorium on evictions for three months.

Partnering with the federal government on the OCECRA builds on the provincial government's approach to supporting business during COVID-19. As part of Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the government has implemented a series of cash flow supports amounting to $10 billion to help support jobs and the economy, including:

  • Doubling the Employer Health Tax exemption for 2020, cutting taxes by $355 million, benefiting roughly 57,000 employers;
  • Eliminating penalties and interest to businesses who miss filing or remittance deadlines for various provincially administered taxes for five months starting April 1, 2020, providing up to $6 billion in cashflow for about 100,000 Ontario businesses;
  • Postponing the planned property tax reassessment for 2021, providing stability for Ontario's property taxpayers;
  • Deferring the upcoming quarterly (June 30) remittance of education property tax to school boards by 90 days, providing municipalities with the flexibility to, in turn, provide property tax deferrals of over $1.8 billion to local residents and businesses;
  • Implementing the new Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit for businesses that make eligible capital investments in designated regions of the province where employment growth has significantly lagged behind below the provincial average.

Ontario has also suspended time-of-use electricity rates for eligible small businesses, as well as residential and farm time-of-use customers, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour, for 24 hours per day, seven days a week for 45 days, for all time-of-use customers, who make up the majority of electricity consumers in the province. By switching to a fixed off-peak rate, time-of-use customers will see rate reductions of over 50 per cent compared to on-peak rates.

"To help stop the spread of COVID-19, businesses have closed their doors and employees have stayed home and that has been working, but it has also created significant financial hardship," said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. "By subsidizing rent payments, reducing taxes, extending deadlines, and eliminating penalties and interest, we're helping to ensure businesses can start up quickly when the time is right."

The Ontario government has also worked with the federal government to develop the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan that will enable up to $40 billion in lending, supported through Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank. This program will help businesses meet cash flow requirements through guaranteed loans.

"Ontario's small and medium-sized businesses are vital to our economy and include some of the hardest-working people in the world who have rolled up their sleeves to support our frontline healthcare workers, and beat this virus," said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. "This package of supports will help them get through these difficult days and resume normal operations as soon as possible."

"In the months ahead, small businesses will be critical to Ontario's economic recovery. Together with our federal partners, we are ensuring we support our small businesses today, so that they can continue to create opportunities for hardworking Ontario families tomorrow," said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. "With rents coming due, it's extremely important that the federal government move quickly to implement this program and get small businesses and property owners the support they urgently need."

Quick Facts

  • The Province’s $241 million investment in OCECRA is part of the $17 billion Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.
  • The government has retroactively, to January 1, 2020, raised the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption to $1 million from $490,000 for 2020, providing additional EHT relief of up to $9,945 per eligible employer.
  • Starting January 1, 2020, Ontario reduced the small business Corporate Income Tax rate from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per cent.

Background Information

Additional Resources

Pandemic Pay in the Broader Public Sector. This is a payment increase that would provide four dollars per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages, regardless of the qualified employees’ hourly wage. In addition, employees working over 100 hours per month would receive lump sum payments of $250 per month. Both of these payments would be in effect for 16 weeks. Those eligible to receive the payment would be frontline staff working in long-term care homes, retirement homes, social services congregate care settings, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, those providing home and community care and some staff in hospitals.

Visit the government's webpage for the latest and most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Ontario. It’s updated every day at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m


Our Government is providing temporary emergency relief to support households and businesses impacted by #COVID19. As of 12:00 a.m. today, households, farms and small businesses who pay time-of-use electricity rates will be charged off-peak rates 24/7 for 45 days.


Companies have actively offered to join the fight against COVID-19 and help protect the health and well-being of people across the province.

This initiative will remove barriers allowing Ontario’s manufacturing sector to redeploy capacity towards the production of essential equipment like ventilators, masks and swabs.

Does your business have the ideas and products that will meet the evolving challenges of #COVID19? Find out how you can help on Ontario Together:
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MPP Kramp hails jobs and municipal / provincial cooperation


Ontario announces funding for 6 infrastructure projects in H-L&A MPP Daryl Kramp hails local investments as “ready to go”

















Bridge replacement north of Tweed, 3 major road projects, Newburgh street drainage among important
projects ready to  put ‘shovels in the ground’

Tweed – May 10, 2019 – MPP Daryl Kramp (Hastings-Lennox and Addington) welcomes today’s 5- project
announcement from Monte MacNaughton, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, at the site of the
now-closed bridge over the Skootamatta River on Hawkins Bay Road, which will be replaced.

“This infrastructure investment in our riding will help a lot of people as it replaces this
important bridge, rehabilitates roads across our riding and fixes a long-delayed road drainage
problem in Newburgh,” said Kramp, flanked by the Skootamatta River and Minister MacNaughton, just
off Highway 37 north of Tweed. “It’s now up to the federal Government to pay their agreed-upon
share so we can get people working.”

The 5 projects in H-L&A riding are among the first 49 projects in a 10-year, $30-billion
infrastructure program known as the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Program
funding combines federal, provincial and other partner contributions for critical local and

infrastructure projects. The program will soon support public transit, roads and bridges, and other
crucial social infrastructure such as culture and recreation projects across the entire province.

The first 49 projects are worth a combined $78 million.

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2019 Construction projects along Highway 401 to Kingston


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