Province Moving Forward With First Recommendation From Condominium Act Review
July 18, 2013. Ministry of Consumer Services today said that Ontario is working to introduce mandatory qualifications for condominium managers, the first of several anticipated changes from the province's Condominium Act Review to help increase protections for condominium owners, tenants, and buyers.
As part of the review, an expert group representing condominium owners, residents and industry is looking at what mandatory qualifications for condominium managers should be, and how an independent, regulatory authority to oversee licensing and standards would be set up, said the ministry. The group will be providing its report to government by the end of summer 2013.
"There is an overwhelming consensus that condominium managers be qualified to carry out their significant responsibilities. One in 10 people in Ontario live in a condominium and their quality of life depends to a great degree on qualified, well-trained condominium managers.” said Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Consumer Services.
In recent years, Ontario's condominium market has become more complex, making condominium management increasingly important. While many managers are responsible for buildings worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars with matching operating budgets, managers are not currently required to have training or an understanding of the Condominium Act, by-laws and rules, finances, building maintenance or the contracting out of services like cleaning, landscaping and repairs.
Strengthening protections for the province's 1.3 million condominium residents is part of the Ontario government's plan to protect consumers while building a fair, safe and informed marketplace.
"On behalf of the Association of Condominium Managers and more than 800 registered condominium managers, we are pleased that the government recognizes the importance of a regulated condominium management profession. This commitment today will add value to condominiums of all sizes across the province.” commented Dean McCabe, Wilson Blanchard Management Inc., and past President, Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario.