You’ve probably heard by now that the dates have changed for implementing changes to the Condominium Act, 1998 (“Condo Act”), and various other pieces of legislation under the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 (also known as “Bill 106”). The start date was planned to be July 1, 2017 for some of the changes, but the Ontario government recently announced that the date has been pushed into the fall. Not surprisingly, the administrative authorities will be designated first with the implementation of most of the other changes coming in afterward. The new timeline is described below in more detail.
September 1, 2017
The Condominium Authority of Ontario (“CAO”) will be designated as the condo authority. The CAO will be responsible for the administration of certain parts of the Act. It will also be responsible for overseeing the tribunal to be created to hear condo disputes. For more information on the CAO visit its website: www.condoauthorityontario.ca.
November 1, 2017
The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (“CMRAO”) will be designated as condo management authority. The CMRAO will be responsible for administering the Condominium Management Services Act (“CMSA”), including regulating and licensing managers. For more information on the CMRAO visit its website: http://www.cmrao.ca/.
Also on November 1, 2017, most changes to the Condo Act will come into force. This is expected to include those provisions dealing with the condo tribunal, but will also likely include any provision addressed by the regulations released so far. The licensing provisions of the CMSA will also come into force.
February 1, 2018
The rest of the CMSA will come into effect on February 1, 2018. The licensing provisions will come into force three months before. This delay is likely intended to give managers time to apply for their licenses before the remaining obligations are imposed upon them.
Most in the industry are happy about the delay as it gives us more time to digest the lengthy and cumbersome regulations. If you haven’t had an opportunity to review the latest regulations or amendments to the Condo Act, you can do so on the e-laws website: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/98c19. To view the regulations, click the tab at the top of the page that says “regulations under this Act”. You will see the two existing regulations (as amended) as well as the two new regulations designating the CAO and CMRAO. You can also see the CMSA and its regulations on the e-laws website: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/15c28.
Keep in mind that there will be more forms, guides, and proposed regulations in the coming months as well. The government and authorities will be seeking input on most of these changes too. For example, in July the CAO’s website will be set up to receive feedback on the proposed fees to be charged. Make sure you keep informed or you might miss out on your opportunity to share your opinion.
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