On April 3rd the Ontario government made changes to its list of essential businesses, and real estate services was kept on the list. At the same time, the government issued an order that specifically prohibits open houses during the State of Emergency.

 

In the meantime, KWAR alongside your regulator and provincial association, continues to urge Realtors to stop all in-person business to help stop the spread of COVID.

 

The most important thing we can all do to flatten the curve, is to stay at home.

 

RECO strongly recommends that brokers and salespeople follow the direction of health officials by limiting showings to situations where they are absolutely necessary. For more questions and answers from the regulator check out their latest updates here: www.reco.on.ca/covid-19

 

As REALTORS® you still have the ability to trade, however your capacity to earn an income has likely eroded. You may be eligible for government programs such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy which is geared to help employers retain staff.

 

Please note: the federal government is constantly updating their website as new information is announced. Remember to check Canada’s official coronavirus webpage and The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)’s COVID-19 online hub to stay up to date.