The province of Ontario has temporarily banned Airbnb and other short-term rentals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Issued under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the ruling stipulates that as of 11:59 pm on April 4, short-term rentals are only permitted for individuals “who are in need of housing during the emergency period.”
On April 3, the provincial government updated the list of essential businesses that are allowed to stay open during the pandemic, culling the list from 74 to 44. The emergency order will be in effect for 14 days and could be extended.
If found breaking the emergency law, individual hosts could face fines up to $100,000 and $10,000,000 for corporations.