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Are your condo fees too high? (2021 survey)

In 2019, we launched our most ambitious survey on “condo fees” in Ontario. Back by popular demand, we are relaunching a better and improved survey to update our data. What drives condo fees up or down? How does the age or size of the corporation affect them? How do they compare from city to city? […]

What Ontario’s Step 3 means for condos

Ontario has announced today that it plans on moving to Step 3 of its Reopening Roadmap as early as July 16. In this blog post, we explore what Stage 3 will look like for condos in Ontario. Overview Step 3 is built on the old Stage 3 regulation (which included Green, Yellow and Orange restrictions).  […]

EV Charging stations: Condos must be ready to accommodate all-electric vehicles by 2035

The federal Minister of transport announced yesterday that Canada is setting a mandatory target for all new vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035.  This is accelerating Canada’s previous goal, which was set for 2040. To meet this objective, Canada had previously set the following targets: 10% of all new vehicles to be zero emission vehicles […]

Ontario Condos Moving onto “Step 2”

Yesterday, Ontario announced that, having surpassed all of the set targets, it was moving the province onto Step 2 of its 3-Step roadmap to reopening Ontario.  This is coming a little earlier than initially scheduled and will be effective as of June 30, 2021. In this post, we explore what Step 2 means for condos […]

Can Condos Prohibit Displaying of the Canadian Flag?

With Canada Day just around the corner, Canadian flags will start popping up everywhere, including in Condo Land.  Inevitably, this will lead to a yearly question:  can condos prohibit owners from displaying their maple leaf pride? We tackle this question in this post. May the land over which this new Flag flies remain united in […]

Reopening Ontario: What Does Step-1 Mean for Condos?

The long awaited regulations on the new 3-step roadmap to reopening Ontario have been published today! We are finally able to put some meat on the various press releases issued since May 20. Summary As of June 11, Ontario will move its 34 Public Health Units under Step 1 (of a 3-step framework leading to […]

Webinar: Ontario’s 3-Step Reopening of CondoLand this Summer (June 2, at 5pm)

Condo life this summer will be different from prior years. As part of our last episode of the season, we will prepare you for the summer ahead, including how to navigate Ontario’s new 3-step reopening roadmap. Check the topics and speakers below! Topics New 3-step roadmap to reopening Ontario Overview of the new COVID response […]

Ontario’s New COVID Response Framework

Updated “Folks” Ontario has announced today its new COVID Response Roadmap to reopening Ontario.  We have gone from last year’s “Stage approach” to last October’s “Colour coded Response Framework” to, now, a brand new “Step approach”. Specifically, reopening Ontario will be done in 3 steps.  We will enter Step 1 as early as June 14.  […]

Stay at Home Order Extended until June 2

By now you have all heard that Ontario is extending the Stay at Home Order until (at least) June 2, 2021. In addition to the Stay at Home Order, the province is maintaining the April 3rd public health measures (the Emergency Brakes). Summary of measures Here is a summary of what today’s announcement means for […]

Webinar: Deep Dive on Condo Rules

Condo Rules are likely the most common source of friction and dispute between condo corporations, owners and neighbours.  People love to hate them but are happy to have them when a neighbour doesn’t play by the… rules.  A necessary evil that facilitate common and community living. Take a Deep Dive on condo rules! Topics What […]