Major changes coming to Ontario condominium law

29 January 2016

By Kevin Zakreski

2015 was something of a high-water mark for reforms to strata-property law. Both British Columbia and New South Wales passed major amendments to their governing legislation. Ontario, too, passed a landmark amending act late last year.

On 3 December 2015, the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 (PDF) received royal assent. The act had its genesis in a three-stage research and consultation project sponsored by Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and carried out by Canada’s Public Policy Forum. Its reforms address the following five broad areas of condominium law:

  • dispute resolution;
  • consumer protection;
  • condominium finances;
  • governance;
  • condominium management licensing and regulation.

The Ontario government has created a webpage with an overview of the act’s major changes, including the creation and administration of a planned new condominium authority and condominium authority tribunal.

The act’s in-force date has not yet been made public.

Future posts will examine some highlights from Ontario’s reforms.

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