Condominium Authority of Ontario – Fees Announced / Links to the Act and Approved Regulations

Condominium Authority of Ontario – Fees Announced / Links to the Act and Approved Regulations

As the provincial government slowly finalizes the many regulations that complete and give substance to the new condominium act, we are getting a more complete picture of the changes that that will begin to take effect September 1 (payment of CAO fees) and November 1 (licensing of managers, and the start of CAT applications pertaining only to Sec. 55 records and access to records issues).

The blog entry provides details on CAO and CAT fees.  In addition, it provides links to the Act and approved regulations. The links are directly to the province’s laws and regulations websites to ensure that you’re seeing official and unadulterated copies of the legislation that will shape condominium living in Ontario for the coming years.  

 

1.  Fees to Be Charged by the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO)

As many will know, the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) conducted a public consultation on the proposed fees to be charged by the CAO for its services including the fees for the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT), and it received considerable feedback and input.

Below is a summary of the announced fees.  To get complete details of the CAO fees please go to the Condominium Authority of Ontario website

 

a)  CAO Assessments
 

 

The fee will be a monthly assessment/fee per voting unit (i.e. excludes parking and storage units, etc.) of $1.00 or $12.00 per year, payable by the condo corporation as part of their operating budget. For common elements condominium corporations the fee will be per vote.

Corporations will receive a package from the CAO in late August which will provide details on how to register and pay their assessments. Initial assessments will cover the period from September 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, and will be due to the CAO by December 31, 2017.

Therefore, condominium corporations should be budgeting for this.

 

b)  Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) Fees
 

 

When an owner has an issue they will first be assisted through the CAO's online guided pathway tool (no fee or charge). If this does not resolve the matter they can then commence a formal dispute and the online dispute resolution mechanism will have three stages with the following fees.

1. Filing fee of $25.00 – Provides access to the CAT's online dispute resolution system where they can negotiate in a neutral forum and hopefully resolve the dispute themselves.

2. Assisted resolution Fee of $50.00 – Provides the parties with a dedicated CAT mediator who will attempt to settle the dispute collaboratively.

3. Tribunal decision fee of $100.00 – Provides a dedicated CAT member who will conduct a formal adjudication (mostly online) and issue a binding order.

All CAT fees are non-refundable.

These fees will become effective on November 1, 2017, when the CAT begins accepting applications (only on Sec. 55 records and access to records issues).  These fees will be paid by the individual who filed the dispute.

 

2.  Current Government Document Links

 

 Condominium Act

 

 Bill 106: Protecting Condominium Owners Act (the Act):

 http://www.ontla.on.ca/bills/bills-files/41_Parliament/Session1/b106ra.pdf

 

 Regulation 179/17: Tribunal Designation:

 https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17179

 

 Regulation 180/17: General:

 https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17180

 

 Regulation 181/17: Designation of CAO:      

 https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17181

 

 

 

 Licensing of Managers

 

 Condominium Management Services Act:   

 https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/15c28

 

 Regulation 178/17: Delegation of Regulation:

 https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/170178

 

 Regulation 177/17: Designation of CMRAO:            

 https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/170177

 

 Regulation 123/17: General:  

 https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/170123

 

 Revised: August 3, 2017

Stay tuned for more information as more regulations are released and finalized.  Crossbridge teams are working to understand the approved regulations and shape them into practical operating procedures to assist managers and boards in effectively and accurately implementing them.