CCI Review - 2020/2021 - #4

CCI, both locally and nationally, has been so fortunate by the incredible leadership of the directors who volunteer to serve on boards. They are dedicated to sharing their knowledge to enhance and expand education in our communities. They continue to be amazingly generous in their support by their membership, their advertising and sponsorships; and awesome participation. While there have been starts and stops to amendments to the Condominium Act over the years, the most recent ones to the Condominium Act, 1998 came into effect November 1, 2017. The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) became the legislative body “ focused on consumer protection and supporting healthy condo communities across Ontario ” and the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) “ provides oversight of condo managers and management companies to help protect consumers in Ontario ’ s rapidly growing condo sector ”. The CAO and the CMRAO share resources to achieve financial and operational efficiencies. The Chapter ’ s Board of Directors took opportunities via Seminars and Lunch & Learns to provide guidance on amendments, so we could all best understand the changes made to assist us in meeting legal responsibilities. These events were well attended and feedback very positive. Effective November 1, 2017, the online CAO Directory Training became mandatory for all directors serving on Condominium Boards. Attendance at the CCI Course in 2018 dropped to 32 and in 2019 to 31, Volunteer directors agreed on the value of more in - depth CCI 2 - day Condominium Course that offered participants opportunities to meet other directors and professionals and more importantly, extended opportunities to discuss issues directly with the experts; however, found it challenging to devote even more time to the corporation. Topics of interest and importance in the CCI Review continue to emerge and be represented in articles on reserve fund studies planning and funding; water issues and insurance claims; standard unit by - laws governance principles; training for condominium directors; obligation of owners and more. History is Familiar The Condominium Act, 1998 was passed in December 1998, (replacing that of 1967) In the Spring of 2000, then President Barry Scott, in the issue of the CCI

Review, invited us all to “ write to our MPPs to remind them that while the Condominium Act may only be a small piece of legislation, it is vitally important to our community and its current position, apparently stuck in hiatus, is causing us very real problems. ” Time moved on and it wasn ’ t until May 5, 2001 that the new Condominium Act, 1998 was proclaimed. The CCI Board of Directors took an active leadership role in presenting on what corporations needed to have in place to operate under the “ new ” Act. The Government of Ontario launched its process to review the Condominium Act in June 2012 and opted for an innovative approach to reform by working with Canada ’ s Public Policy Forum and MASS LBP to engage members of the condominium community in an 18 - month, three - stage public engagement process. The expectation was that the three - stage review would result in new legislation by Spring of 2014, perhaps a high expectation given that there was an Ontario election in June 2014 and all work on the Condominium Act review initiative was suspended. Obviously d ej a vu! Here we are in 2021 and the evolution continues. The Road Ahead is Long and Winding The importance of relationships between local CCI Board Members and those chapters across the nation, continue to be strong and important, especially in these changing and challenging times. For example, the leadership of the Ontario Legislative Committee at CCI - N participates in addressing specific legal issues and updates for the membership. They are posted on the CCI - N Resource Centre website here : Committees continue to develop learning opportunities that address issues within our communities. Every chapter can appreciate the excellence among their leadership and membership Continued on page 18...

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