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Ontario Condo Law Changes

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Ontario is in the midst of a major overhaul of its condominium legislation. Here’s some background information and current sources for staying informed.

A little legislative background
Adopting the recommendations of the Report of the Ontario Law Reform Commission on the Law of Condominium, the government enacted the province’s first Condominium Act in 1967 (S.O. 1967, c. 12). A major revision thirty years later resulted in the Condominium Act, 1998 (S.O. 1998, c. 19). The 1998 act did not come into force until May 5, 2001.

Current review and legislative changes
The current reform process began in 2012 and consisted of an 18-month 3-stage public consultation that generated 200 recommendations aimed at modernizing condo law in the province.

The resulting legislative changes, contained in the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015, (S.O. 2015, c. 28, Bill 106), amend the Condominium Act, 1998, enact the new Condominium Management Services Act, 2015, and make consequential amendments to several other related acts.

There have also been substantial changes to the regulations under the Condominium Act, 1998 and new regulations have been made under the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015.

Most of these legislative changes have not yet come into force.

CAO, CAT & CMRO
In addition to the changes to the act and regulations, the government is rolling out three new administrative bodies this fall:

Selected sources for current awareness:

Government sites

Blogs

 

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