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Explaining the New Proxy to Condo Owners

This blog post refers to an older version of the proxy form. Be sure to read our more recent blog post. The condo industry is going through significant changes aimed at improving the lives of condo owners in Ontario. As part of the many changes implemented through the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, the province has developed mandatory forms […]

News on How to File your Condo Returns with the CAO

As you know, all condo corporations in Ontario are now required to file new Condo Returns with the Condo Authority of Ontario (the CAO). To this end, the CAO was expected to launch an online platform on March 1st, 2018, for all corporation to file their first transitional returns by March 31. The CAO is revising slightly how […]

Explaining the Preliminary Notice to Condo Owners

My condo board and I recently reviewed our first Preliminary Notice, which we must send out to owners in a few days, in anticipation of our upcoming AGM. We also reviewed our first Periodic Information Certificate, which will go out with the Preliminary Notice to save on stamps. If there was any doubt before, it became obvious […]

The CAI Seminar on the Condo Act, Regs and Forms is Less Than a Week Away (Toronto)

CAI Canada is holding another luncheon seminar on Feb. 28, 2018.  This one will be jam-packed with practical tips to help you navigate the changes to the Condo Act and the multiple condo forms. There are a few spots still available but but they are going fast.  Click here for more info and to register. What:  A […]

Deadline to Apply for Condo Manager’s Licence is Extended

The Condo Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) began licensing condo managers on November 1, 2017.  At the time, the deadline to apply for a licence was January 29, 2018. After this date, anyone providing condo management services in Ontario had to have a licence (or had to have applied for one). The CMRAO has […]

Can You Modify the New Prescribed Condo Forms?

Much has been said and written about the new Condo Forms, which came into force on November 1st, 2017.  Some don’t like their look and feel, others have encountered technical challenges with them (to this day, the fillable forms work best with Windows Internet Explorer). At the end of the day, one recurring question we […]

New Owner Information Certificate

We have recently blogged on the various Information Certificates, which must be sent to condo owners at precise intervals. In this post, we focus on the “New Owner Information Certificate”, which – you guessed it – must be sent to new owners. Why a NOIC? As indicated in our post on Periodic Information Certificates, PICs must be […]

Should Ontario Allow Marijuana Smoking in Multi-Residential Condos?

As you all know, the Federal is proposing to legalize the possession, production and use of cannabis.  We appear to still be aiming for legalization on July 1st of this year. In parallel, the provinces are adopting their own legislation to further regulate how and where the substance will be permitted.  We know already that […]

New Regulations on Insurance, Complaints Procedure and the Code of Ethics for Condo Managers

New year: more changes to the condo industry.  The province of Ontario has issued today an update on recent condo law changes taking place in early 2018. Specifically, the province has confirmed the implementation of more provisions and of new regulations under the Condo Management Services Act, which will come into effect on February 1, 2018. In […]

AGM Notice Calculator

The amended Condo Act imposes new deadlines by which corporations must notify owners of upcoming AGMs. These deadlines are strict ones and can be quite confusing.  Fear not, the Condo Adviser has developed an “AGM Notice Calculator” to help you identify these important deadlines. Give it a try! New notice requirements Whether you are planning on calling an […]