NDP MLA Calls for Extension to Eviction Moratorium

October 2, 2020

Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg MB — Manitoba NDP MLA for Thompson and Housing Critic Danielle Adams is calling for a long-term freeze on evictions in Manitoba.

The Pallister government’s moratorium on rental evictions and rental rates expired on September 30. Advocates have called for an extension, and to form a working group to include landlords that would develop supports and solutions to the Housing crisis in Manitoba.

“The pandemic has created hardships for many Manitobans, and without an extension to the freeze on evictions, we could see children and families out on the streets as we head into colder weather,” said Adams. “This second wave of COVID-19 could also mean more lay-offs and job losses, making it harder for families to pay rent and keep their homes. That’s why we are calling for an extension to the government freeze on evictions until we are through this pandemic.”

Additionally, the Pallister government has also recently issued a Request for Proposals for yet another costly housing review, only two years after the last survey was completed by KPMG. This review is expected to include more recommendations of cuts to affordable public housing.

“Vulnerable seniors and families should not have to choose between rent and putting food on their table. I am strongly urging the PC government to reverse their decision to allow evictions and rate increases to resume, so that all Manitobans have a warm, safe, affordable space to call home,” added Adams.