At a time when the Manitoba Government is urging people to stay in their homes to protect public health, the Government has lifted its ban on evictions. The ban was put in place in the spring, when Manitoba had one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country. The ban was removed just as our infection rate became one of the highest in the country.
This fall’s surge in infection has led to layoffs and reduced hours for many low-income Manitobans. Many people have and will continue to fall behind on rent payments. Unless the government reinstates the ban on evictions, the inevitable outcome will be an increase in poverty, infection, and as winter sets in, deaths.
What can you do?
1. Call (204-945-3714) or email Premier Brian Pallister and urge him to reinstate the ban on evictions. Consider sending him this message.
I am writing today to urge you to reinstate the ban on evictions. Low-income people have seen their jobs disappear and their hours cut. For months now, Dr. Brent Roussin has been telling people to stay home. But people without a home cannot stay at home.
Unless the government reinstates the ban on evictions, the inevitable outcome will be an increase in poverty, infection, and as winter sets in, deaths.
2. Call or email your member of the legislature asking them to reinstate the ban on evictions. Don’t know your MLA? Find your MLA and their contact info using this resource.
3. Tweet at the Premier of Manitoba (@BrianPallister) and your MLA with the following message: ”I call on you to reinstate the eviction ban to prevent homelessness and avoid a humanitarian/poverty crisis during the pandemic. #mbpoli #EvictionBanMB #kNOwPoverty”