Ontario launches new condominium authorities websites
13 April 2017
By Kevin Zakreski
Ontario is gearing up to bring its new condominium legislation into force on 1 July 2017. In addition to new legislation (PDF) and regulations, Ontario’s reforms will also create two new overseers for the condominium sector: the Condominium Authority of Ontario and the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario.
While these two authorities aren’t yet operational, they have just announced their presence online by launching two new websites. Both websites describe themselves as “initial websites,” intended to introduce the authorities to the public.
The Condominium Authority of Ontario is a not-for-profit corporation that is expected to be designated as an administrative authority in 2017: “When it is fully operating, the CAO will offer services that protect and serve the condo community. For example, it will provide information for condo owners, including basic information about condo ownership and condo living, as well as a guide for condo buyers. It will also provide education for condo directors to ensure that condo boards run smoothly, and will provide other helpful tools and resources.”
The CAO website contains resources on the development of Ontario’s new legislation, dispute resolution and the new Condominium Authority Tribunal of Ontario, and consumer-protection information for condominium buyers and owners.
The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario is also a not-for-profit corporation that is expected to be designated as an administrative authority in 2017: “When it is fully operating, the CMRAO will offer services that protect and serve the condo community. For example, it will administer a compulsory licensing system for all condo managers and management providers, and provide ongoing regulatory oversight. Over time, it will also establish training and education requirements for condo managers (this will initially be set by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services). The CMRAO also will be responsible for promoting and enforcing compliance with the Act, including a code of ethics for licensees. And, the CMRAO would respond to complaints from the public about licensees.”