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Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to better support survivors of sexual and domestic violence

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As part of It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, the Ontario government passed the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2016.

The Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, 2016 amends the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to shorten the notice period to end a tenancy for tenants who are survivors of sexual and domestic violence. This will help reduce the financial cost that may result from ending a lease early and help ensure survivors can leave an unsafe living environment quickly.

Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 included in the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, 2016 come into force on September 8, 2016.

Background Information
Information for Landlords: Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan
Information for Tenants: Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan

Learn More
• Contact us to learn more about the proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 under the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, 2016.
• Learn more about It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.