GDAR News and Updates
While REALTORS® have been deemed an essential service, it is definitely NOT business as usual. The Ontario government has issued an order that specifically prohibits open houses during the State of Emergency. The State of Emergency currently will be in place until June 30th.
GDAR is committed to providing you with the most up to date tools and resources to perform your job virtually. Our Board Office has been closed to the public and members and our staff have been working remotely since March 17th. We are still available and working hard to provide you with updates as we get them from CREA and OREA. We are also providing you with webinars to help answer your questions on the topics that are top of mind right now.
|Government of Ontario Update: Open houses prohibited|
Effective Saturday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m.
“Every person who is responsible for a business that provides real estate agent services shall ensure that the business does not host, provide or support any open house events.” (link)
|COVID-19 and the professional liability insurance program|
For information, please view this document from the insurance provider, Alternative Risk Services.
RECO strongly recommends that brokers and salespeople follow the direction of health officials by limiting in-person 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 we understand that your job has become more difficult during this time. You may be eligible for government programs such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy which is geared to help employers retain staff.
REALTORS® are adapting to this new reality, and REALTOR.ca has now added a live stream open house feature. Currently members can manually add this information to REALTOR.ca and soon it will automatically be fed to CREA via Matrix.
For all OREA updates visit: https://www.oreacovid19info.com/
- The City of Guelph – COVID-19 updates
- The Province of Ontario – COVID-19 updates
- Government of Canada – Public Health – COVID-19 updates
- OREA – COVID-19 updates
- CREA – What REALTORS® should know about COVID-19
- World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus
- Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health COVID-19 information