Residential Tenancies Act Changes

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On April 20, 2017, the Ontario government announced their new “Fair Housing Plan”.  A summary of the measures impacting the rental housing sector are highlighted here. Updates will continue to be added to this page as they are made available. 



To read the government’s housing announcement click here and to read their new Fair Housing Plan click here

Bill 124 – Rental Fairness Act, 2017

Fact Sheet – Summary of Proposed Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act (Bill 124) (2017-04-26) v2

Key Messages – March 16, 2017

Bill 124 Webinar Presentation – Resource information for rental housing providers on the Bill 124 changes to the RTA

More Than 8-in-10 Ontarians Want to See Home Affordability in Party Platforms in the 2018 Election

Jim Murphy, FRPO President & CEO speaks to the media at the Ontario Housing Summit on June 13, 2017 Video

Ontario Rental Market Study:  Measuring the Supply Gap   Urbanation Rental Supply Report

FRPO Press Release: New study finds Ontario’s rental housing supply is facing a shortfall of over 6,000 units per year to meet annual demand




“1,000 planned rental units convert to condos in wake of Ontario rent-control expansion” by Jill Mahoney in the Globe and Mail click here

“Building New Rentals Can Help Ontario Kick Its Housing Crisis” by Jim Murphy in the Huffington Post click here

Jim Murphy, FRPO President & CEO speaks to the media at the Ontario Housing Summit on June 13, 2017 Video

“Developers call for changes to rent-control measures” by Janet McFarland in the Globe and Mail click here

“New Ontario rent controls will mean few rentals more condos, developers warn” by Shannon Martin in CBC News click here

“Wynne’s rent controls will repeat past mistakes” editorial in the Toronto Sun click here

“Toronto’s best hope for affordable rental housing faces hardships” by Marcus Gee in the Globe and Mail click here

“Wynne’s housing, rental affordability measures met with mixed response” by Lucas Powers in CBC News click here

“Ontario to tackle soaring housing market with multipronged plan” by Justin Giovannetti and Jeff Gray in the Globe and Mail click here

“Premier Kathleen Wynne’s housing plan won’t cool prices, realtors assert” by Tess Kalinowski in the Toronto Star click here

“Deconstructed: The good, the bad and the ugly of Ontario’s 16-point plan to tame housing” by Garry Marr in the Financial Post click here

“Rent control measures could lead some condo investors to sell: report” on CBC News click here

To watch “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” with Jim Murphy discussing Rent Control In Ontario click here

“Rent control isn’t the solution to Ontario’s housing problem”  by Marcus Gee in the Globe and Mail click here

“Rent control measures could halt affordable housing developments: Ontario developers” interview with Jim Murphy on BNN click here

“Murphy: Ontario needs to boost supply of rental units” by Jim Murphy in the Ottawa Citizen click here


Member Bulletins

October 3, 2017 – Report on Vacancy Decontrol 
Today FRPO released a second research report undertaken by Urbanation, this time focused on the importance of vacancy decontrol.

September 25, 2017 – Join FRPO’s Movement for More Rental Supply in Ontario 
Today at FRPO we’re excited to announce the launch of our brand new ‘Rent On’ campaign calling for the creation of more housing choices for renters in Ontario.

September 14, 2017 – Standard Lease: Government Announces Consultation & Timelines
Bill 124, which passed into law in May of this year, included a commitment to enable a mandatory standard lease template for residential tenancies in Ontario.

July 10, 2017 – Government commits to maintaining vacancy decontrol 
In a recent letter to all stakeholders, including tenant organizations, the Minister of Housing, Hon. Chris Ballard, recognized the need for landlords to invest in and maintain their rental properties.

June 14, 2017 – Ontario Housing Summit 
Yesterday, FRPO along with the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) jointly hosted a Housing Summit.

May 17, 2017 – RTA Changes Pass at Standing Committee Update #9
Yesterday FRPO Bill 124, the Rental Fairness Act, 2017, was approved by the Standing Committee on General Government.

May 10, 2017 – FRPO Presents at Public Hearings Update #8
Yesterday FRPO presented at the public hearings held by the Standing Committee on General Government on Bill 124, the Rental Fairness Act, 2017.

May 5, 2017 – Fears of Unintended Consequences Proven as New Survey from Landlord Association Shows Policies Put 20,000 Planned New Apartments in Jeopardy (Press Release)
The Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) today released the results of a new survey of its members, conducted following the Wynne government’s recent introduction of new rental housing policies.

April 26, 2017 – Key RTA changes included in new legislation Update #7
On Monday, April 24, 2017 the government introduced legislation, Bill 124, that included a number of key amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act.

April 24, 2017 – RTA Changes: New Legislation Introduced Today Update #6
Further to the government’s announcement last Thursday that included the elimination of the 1991 Exemption on rent controls for new rental units, this afternoon the Minister of Housing introduced legislation that amends the Residential Tenancies Act

April 20, 2017 – Post 1991 Rent Control Exemption Update #5
Today Premier Kathleen Wynne, Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Housing Minister Chris Ballard announced measures that will affect Ontario’s housing market.

April 18, 2017 – Post 1991 Rent Control Exemption Update #4
FRPO is continuing its proactive engagement on rental control issues and the 1991 Rent Control Exemption.

April 3, 2017 – Post 1991 Rent Control Exemption Update #3
We want to keep you updated on FRPO’s proactive engagement on rent control issues, specifically the 1991 Rent Control Exemption.

March 21, 2017 – Post 1991 Rent Control Exemption Update #2
In follow-up to our member’s notice of last week, FRPO continues to proactively engage on rent control issues related to activities in the Ontario Legislature and recent media coverage.

March 16, 2017 – Post 1991 Rent Control Exemption
A private member’s bill will be put forward next week in the Ontario Legislature by NDP MPP Peter Tabuns calling for an end of the exemption that removes rent control from rental units built after 1991.