Province Announces Date for Implementation of Condo Law Changes

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has provided an update on the implementation dates for a number of the new amendments that have been awaiting proclamation in the Condominium Act (1998) (“Condo Act”) and the Condominium Management Services Act (2015) (“CMSA”). 

Now Available

New changes to the general regulation under the Condo Act, O. Reg. 48/01, are now available on e-laws (click here). These changes include increased protections for condo owners, including improvements to how condos in Ontario are governed and greater transparency and accountability of condo boards.

A new regulation that supports the establishment of the Condominium Authority Tribunal, O. Reg. 179/17 is also now available on e-laws (click here). The tribunal will offer alternative dispute resolution services for certain types of disputes prescribed by this regulation.

September 1, 2017

The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) will be designated as the condominium authority for purposes of the Condo Act and will become responsible for the administration of certain provisions of the Condo Act, including management and oversight of the tribunal.

November 1, 2017

The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) will be designated as the administrative authority for purposes of the CMSA and will become responsible for administering the CMSA, including licensing condo managers and providers.

As well, most of the Condo Act amendments, including the new tribunal, and the licensing provisions of the CMSA will come into effect.

February 1, 2018

The remainder of the CMSA will come into effect.

Other Upcoming Changes

It is also expected that the Ministry will be releasing in the near future:

  • A series of new forms under the Condo Act to make it simpler for condo corporations and owners to comply with the new legislative requirements;
  • A set of plain language guides and fact sheets to help the province’s condo community better understand the new condo law changes; and
  • The education and exam requirements for condo managers.

The Ministry will also be seeking public input on future regulations, including:

  • A public registry of condo corporations; and
  • Complaints procedures, code of ethics and insurance requirements for condo managers.

If you have questions about the Condo Act changes, any aspect of condominium law or municipal, land use planning, or development law, please contact one of our lawyers.  

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