A sea change is coming for the management and operation of the province’s 600,000 condominium units if recommendations in Stage 2 of the Condominium Act review, released last month, become law.
Last year, the Ontario government retained Ottawa-based Canada’s Public Policy Forum to lead a review of the 2001 Condominium Act and recommend changes to solve a number of perceived problems with the legislation.
Condominium owners, developers, managers, lawyers and other stakeholders have now completed the second of three stages of the 18-month review process. Five working groups have developed a series of possible solutions to a number of the issues which emerged from the first stage of the study.
These groups focused on:
The full, 72-page report, available online at ppforum.ca, provides a hint of what condominium law will look like if and when the report’s final recommendations are passed into law.
Of the report’s more-than 200 recommendations, the most significant one in my opinion is the creation of a new umbrella organization known as the Condo Office. This new body would have four main functions: education and awareness, dispute settlement, licensing condo managers and maintaining a condo registry.
While creating a Condo Office would no doubt be an excellent solution to a number of industry problems, it seems to me that great care should be taken in establishing yet another quasi-judicial body like the Ontario Municipal Board and the Landlord and Tenant Board, both of which have come in for considerable criticism over the years.