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Changes to the Ontario Canada Condo Act | Everything You Need To Know

Ontario unveiled sweeping changes to the Condominium Act that alter the way condominiums are managed. They enact new regulations that apply to condo boards, owners, and property managers, and are designed to protect condo owners’ investments.

The new Protecting Condominium Owners Act is implementing the changes according to a tiered schedule to ensure that all parties are prepared for the new rules. Many of these came into effect on November 1, 2017.

Below we’ve linked all the relevant websites do you can locate the resources you need under the new law. Let’s take a look at some of the significant changes the Act brings into force.

What You Need to Know About Changes to Ontario Condo Law

Section 1: For Condo Boards

A) New Authority and Tribunal

Condominium Authority of Ontario (COA)

The Act establishes a new governing authority to regulate the condo industry in Ontario, the Condominium Authority of Ontario (COA). The COA will be responsible for administering parts of the Condominium Act and will oversee the creation of a tribunal, requiring education and licensing for condo board members, and enforcing regulations.

Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT)

Falling under the authority of the CAT, the new Condominium Authority Tribunal will oversee dispute resolution for such areas including:

- Enforcement of declarations by-laws and condo rules

- Procurement processes

- Access to records

- Procedures for requisitioning a meeting of owners

The CAT will not hear disputes involving liens, amalgamation and termination of condo properties, or determinations of titles.

B) New Regulations

A series of revisions have been made to the Condominium Act that are relevant to condo board members and leadership.

Licensing & Qualification Requirements For Condo Board Members

As of November 1, 2017, condominium directors must undertake a mandatory training program within six months of their election or re-election. Failure to comply with this new rule within the allotted time period will automatically disqualify a director from holding their position.