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CCI-National Greetings to CCI- Golden Horseshoe Chapter

CCI-Golden Horseshoe Chapter Annual General Meeting - Fall 2017

Thirty-five years is a long time. I have not been around CCI that long, but I can only imagine that the founders of CCI would be very pleased to see how it has grown and thrived. It has been a challenge to grow a national organization that still recognizes the difference in legal and market landscapes throughout its regions, but the fact that we have done this and are continuing to grow is a testimony to those founders and their vision, all the hardworking and dedicated volunteers that followed throughout CCI’s history, and all of you who continue to work across this great country of ours to improve the lives of condominium owners. In many ways, CCI is like Canada, strong in its diversity and even stronger together.

This year has seen many great developments, including the creation of the Grand River Chapter. With the creation of the Grand River Chapter, we are now 17 chapters-strong. I want to thank all the volunteers of the Grand River Chapter and the Goldon Horseshoe Chapter that made this transition go smoothly. We have also seen some new great initiatives like the Great Canadian Condo Contest, and the expansion of the Condo Strength Program. There have also been challenges, such as the emergence of new organizations competing for our members’ attention.

We have also taken on the challenge of looking at how CCI will need to adapt in this changing world in order to grow and serve the Canadian condominium community in the next 35 years. Changing member demographics, the rise of mobile and short form media, the impact of free online content and social media competing for members’ attention are just some of the challenges facing traditional membership-oriented organizations like CCI. To that end, CCI has undertaken an examination of itself, how it delivers services, and how it funds itself. Working with the leadership of all chapters and committees, this process is well under way and I am confident that it will result in a re-invigorated and stronger CCI.

While looking into the future is necessary and very important, so is continuing to serve our members as we have done in the past. Your volunteers in the Golden Horseshoe Chapter have had a successful year and have worked very hard. In particular, we congratulate your volunteers for ensuring the smooth transition of members into the new Grand River Chapter while continuing to offer your ever popular Lunch & Learn sessions, courses and delivering top notch
publications to your membership. When you reflect on the year that CCI and your Chapter has had, please recognize, as I do, the role of everyone that provides their time and energy in assisting your Chapter in its activities. Without volunteers, CCI would cease to function. Not only time and energy, but creative thinking and dedication are given by many. On behalf of all CCI, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and thank all the volunteers that have made the world for condominiums, and CCI, better.
 
From all of us and National, thank you for your contributions, thank you for your time, thank you for your energy. I hope you have a great annual meeting and look forward to our continued
mutual success in 2017-2018.
 
Best regards,
Doug Forbes
CCI National President

CAO Board of Directors appoints chair of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAO Press Release)

 
The Board of Directors for the newly established Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) has appointed the first Chair of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT). Ian Darling will begin his role as Chair of the CAT effective October 2, 2017. In this capacity, Mr. Darling will recruit and lead a team of mediators and adjudicators who will oversee Ontario’s first online dispute resolution system. For more information, click here.

CCI Legislative Update - Dates Announced for New Condo Law Changes

Ontario is making progress on its commitment to increase consumer protection in condos and improve how condos are run. The ministry is excited to announce a number of new protections under the amended Condominium Act (Condo Act) and the Condominium Management Services Act (CMSA) that will be taking effect this fall, and in early 2018.

New Condo Law Changes:
Condo Act – New changes to the general regulation under the Condo Act are now available on the e-laws website. These changes include increased protections for condo owners, including improvements to how condos in Ontario are governed and greater transparency and accountability of condo boards. (Please note that it may take several days before updates are added to Ontario Regulation 48/01).

Condo Authority Tribunal – A new regulation is also available on the e-laws website that supports the establishment of the Condominium Authority Tribunal. The tribunal will offer alternative dispute resolution services for certain types of disputes prescribed by this regulation.

Condo Manager Licensing - As a reminder, a new regulation regarding licensing of condo managers and management providers was previously released and is available on the e-laws website.
 
When Changes Take Effect:
On November 1, 2017 - Most Condo Act changes, including the new tribunal, and the licensing provisions of the CMSA will come into effect.

On February 1, 2018 – Remainder of the CMSA will come into effect.
 
Designation of Administrative Authorities:
On September 1, 2017 – The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) will be designated as the condominium authority for purposes of the Condo Act and will become responsible for the administration of certain provisions of the Condo Act, including management and oversight of the tribunal.  You can find more information on the CAO's website.

On November 1, 2017 – The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) will be designated as the administrative authority for purposes of the CMSA and will become responsible for administering the CMSA including licensing condo managers and providers.  You can find more information on the CMRAO's website.
 
What’s Coming Next:
The ministry will be releasing in the near future:

  • A series of new forms under the Condo Act to make it easier for condo corporations and owners to comply with the new requirements.
  • A set of plain language guides and fact sheets to help Ontario’s condo community better understand the new condo law changes.
  • The education and exam requirements for condo managers.

The ministry will also be seeking public input on future regulations, including:

  • Public registry of condo corporations.
  • Complaints procedures, code of ethics and insurance requirements for condo managers.
Stay tuned as we will be notifying you as soon as these become available!

Brantford Expositor: New Condo Group Being Formed

Click here to read the story.


The Golden Horseshoe Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute 2016 Conference & Trade Show was a great success.

Click here to review the agenda, view the photos, and access the presentations available to members.


Tarion Review: Assistance in Recruitment for Regional Industry Sessions

As you may be aware, the Ontario government has appointed the Honourable Justice Cunningham to review existing home warranty protections for owners/purchasers of new homes and identify potential opportunities to improve consumer protection. More specifically, Justice Cunningham will be reviewing the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act (ONHWPA) and the Tarion Warranty Corporation (Tarion).

Public town halls will gather feedback from owners/purchasers of new homes.

Industry consultation sessions will gather feedback from stakeholders knowledgeable about and/or who frequently engage with Tarion and ONHWPA. Industry stakeholders include:

Dates and locations of the sessions as well as information on how to RSVP to the session of your choice are available at the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/consumer-protection-owners-new-homes.

Alternatively, if you would like to provide written feedback to the review, you can do so by emailing tarionreview@ontario.ca.

More information about the review, including the Terms of Reference, is also available on the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ website noted above.

 


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