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Comparing “Condo Fees” Across Ontario – Survey Results

We’ve decided to take a Covid-break and share with you some of the results of our survey on condo fees. (We meant to share these earlier but… well, you know….) You may recall that we launched, last year, our most ambitious survey, aimed at getting an accurate picture of “condo fees” across Ontario: What drives […]

Next Webinar: How will Electronic Voting Work? (Wed. June 3 at 5pm)

Episode 12: “Electronic Voting” Our next webinar is scheduled for WEDNESDAY June 3 at 5 pm (Eastern time). Last week, we dealt with virtual  meetings.  This week, we’ll dive into electronic voting.  To help us with this, we invited CondoVoter to host Gowling Landings’ next AGM. We’ll walk through e-voting from beginning to end: The Preliminary notice; […]

Join us for a Mock Virtual AGM (Wednesday May 27 at 5pm)

Everyone is talking about virtual AGMs being the way of the future.  But how the heck will these things work? Fear not, Gowling Landings is calling its first Virtual AGM on May 27, at 5pm. All owners (that’s you) will be able to see, feel and try the process from beginning to end. We will also […]

CondoVirus Webinar: “Reopening CondoLand” (May 20)

Episode 10: “Reopening CondoLand” Topics: Reopening Ontario What restrictions have been lifted? What is the practical impact on condos? Management Puzzle Can we go ahead with… Window washing? Landscaping? Interior maintenance/repairs of common elements? Benches/gazebos/patios? BBQ season (private and communal)? Social events? Realtors’ visit of amenities? Legal Enigma In-unit renovations precautions, a step-by-step guide What […]

Ontario Lifting Some Restrictions Impacting Condos

AT 1:30 today, Premier Ford announced the lifting of certain restrictions as part of the first Phase of reopening Ontario.  The complete list of Stage 1 Business can be consulted here. Don’t miss our weekly webinars, Wednesday at 5pm.  Our experts will provide a step-by-step risk assessment process to follow when reopening CondoLand.  More information, […]

Covid Changes to the Condo Act are here to stay … for a while.

Today, in a legislative sprint, Ontario fast tracked Bill 190 (the “Covid-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020″).   This Bill is modernizing numerous pieces of legislation to adapt them to our post-Covid world. With respect to the Condo Act, this Bill confirmed that some of the temporary changes adopted on April 24 are […]

CondoVirus Webinar: “Coming Out of the Dark” (May 13)

Episode 9: Coming Out of the Dark Topics:  Ontario is cautiously easing restrictions and CondoLand is chomping at the bit to return to normal. Locking down was the easy part. Holding back and prudently easing off will be far more difficult. This week, our expert panel will tackle the following topics: Easing Restrictions Update on […]

Can I BBQ on my Condo Balcony?

With more clement weather finally upon us, so is barbecue season. With it, comes questions pertaining to BBQ safety and neighbourly etiquette.  This is particularly true in condominium living and even more so when one lives in a mid to high-rise complex, where occupants have the exclusive use of a balcony.  A recurring question is […]

CondoVirus Webinar: The Light at the End of the Tunnel” (May 6)

Episode 8 – The Light at the End of the Tunnel May 6, 2020 Topics:  Legal Enigma The new list of essential services Reopening Ontario: where do condo fit? Virtual AGMs Minute takers in a virtual setting Governance in post-covid Engineering Stumper Compliance with prompt payment legislation during Covid Conducting projects while social distancing Safety/Security […]

Not All Condo Meetings Have Been Suspended in Ontario

As blogged earlier, Ontario has passed an Order in Council suspending the requirement to hold condo AGMs and permitting e-voting and e-meetings.  That was welcomed news!  But there appears to be some confusion as to what this Order in Council applies to. Not all meetings of owners have been suspended. Don’t miss our next CondoVirus […]