Ontario is introducing a new, simple standard lease that will be mandatory for private
residential leases signed on or after April 30, 2018, including tenancies in single and semidetached
houses, apartment buildings, rented condominiums and secondary units (such as
Currently there is no standardized form for rental agreements between landlords and tenants
in Ontario. The new lease form is written in easy-to-understand language and is templated to
capture basic information such as names and addresses, the total rent and when it’s due, and
any rules or terms about the rental unit or building. It also outlines the rights and
responsibilities of both tenants and landlords, and explains what can (and cannot) be included
in a lease. For example, landlords cannot ban guests or pets.
Strengthening tenant protections is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity
during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and
better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to
affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest
expansion of medicare in a generation.