Covid-Info

Government Rent Relief Programs Available to Tenants

Federal Programs

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities, which have experienced a decrease in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of the commercial rent or property expenses. The CERS program covers the period spanning September 27, 2020 to June 2021.

The CERS program is administered directly to tenants. Qualifying tenants must complete the application process. CERS payments will be made directly to tenants. Landlords are not involved in the application process. To initiate and complete the application process, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-rent-subsidy.html

The website includes qualification criteria, details as to applicable expenses, a subsidy-calculator tool, technical guidance, instructions as to how to apply, as well as the application process itself. If you have not done so already, we urge you to visit the website and complete the application as soon as possible.

For the application, please note that:

  • The legal name of the landlord appears on your Rental Advice Notice (‘RAN’) as well as your Lease
  • The landlord contact name is Naushin Virji, Assistant Property Manager, 359 Kent Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 0R6, (613) 565-5864, nvirji@trinity-group.com.
  • Rental amounts and other details can be found in the 2020 and 2021 Rental Advice Notice (‘RAN’) as previously provided to you.

Provincial Programs

Ontario Small Business Support Grant

The government has announced the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners.

Small businesses required to close or restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for this one-time grant. Each small business will be able to use the support in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business.

Eligible small businesses include those that:

  • Are required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincewide Shutdown being imposed across the province effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019

Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant will provide businesses with dollar for dollar funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown. The business must demonstrate they experienced a revenue decline of at least 20 per cent when comparing monthly revenue in April 2019 and April 2020. This time period was selected because it reflects the impact of the public health measures in spring 2020, and as such provides a representation of the possible impact of these latest measures on small businesses.

For small businesses not in operation in April 2019 or April 2020, eligibility criteria will be announced in January 2021.

Businesses that are not eligible include those that were already required to close prior to the introduction of modified Stage 2 measures, and essential businesses permitted to operate with capacity restrictions (e.g., discount and big box stores selling groceries, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, and beer, wine and liquor stores).

Further details, including how to apply for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, will be announced in January 2021.

To initiate and complete the application process, please visit:
https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/#/

Main Street Relief Grant

The Ontario Government is helping small businesses with the unexpected costs of PPE. To be eligible, your business must have two to nine employees and be in one of the following sectors:

  • retail
  • accommodation and food services
  • repair and maintenance
  • personal and laundry services
  • gyms and yoga studios

Eligible small businesses will get one-time grants of up to $1,000.

To initiate and complete the application process, please visit:
https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/#/

Covid-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB)

The Government of Ontario is providing $8 million to support small business and registered charity customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments. Small business and registered charity customers may be eligible for up to $850 in support towards their electricity bill if they primarily use electricity for heating, or up to $425 otherwise. Small business and registered charity customers could also be eligible for up to $425 in support towards their natural gas bill.

CEAP-SB is being delivered by electricity distributors, natural gas distributors and unit sub-meter providers (USMPs), in accordance with rules laid out by the OEB.

You must apply for CEAP-SB through your utility or USMP. Contact your utility or USMP directly as each may have a unique approach for application in-take.

For more information, please visit: https://www.oeb.ca/rates-and-your-bill/covid-19-energy-assistance-programs/covid-19-energy-assistance-program-small