Ontario condominium reforms come into effect today
1 November 2017
By Kevin Zakreski
The bulk of the changes to Ontario’s Condominium Act, 1998, brought about by the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 (PDF), are slated to come into force on 1 November 2017. Marking this day, Ontario has posted a new set of forms for the act.
Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services also announced today that the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario begins service today. The authority “will help ensure stronger consumer protection for people living in condos in Ontario by regulating and licensing condo managers and providers” by carrying out the following functions:
- Review licence applications to ensure applicants are qualified and that they have successfully completed applicable education or examination requirements.
- Offer a public complaints and enforcement process which will take effect on February 1, 2018.
- Provide online information about licensed condo managers and management providers.
- Administer a code of ethics which is proposed to take effect on February 1, 2018.
- Respond to public inquiries by phone or email.
The ministry also notes “Ontario is also implementing new protections for condo communities effective this fall, including new disclosure requirements for directors, such as whether they are not owners or occupiers of units in the condo, or if they have interests in contracts involving the corporation.”