Provincial

property assessment

Ontario revises property assessment schedule

The launch of a new four-year cycle in 2017 spurred a wave of assessment appeals as property owners reacted to often dramatic increases in value over the previous assessment.
residential development land

B.C. residential development land takes tax hit

The British Columbia government expects to collect about $520 million in new annual revenue through additional residential property taxes and property transfer taxes.
energy reporting

Condos look for energy reporting loopholes

Some condo boards in Ontario are looking for loopholes to a coming energy reporting requirement, but there are none for large buildings captured by the regulation.
elevator

Ontario looks to boost elevator availability

Ontario is looking to boost elevator availability in multi-storey residential buildings, as well as long-term care and seniors’ homes.
tenant

Tenants remain outsiders in condo communities

How do condo managers refer to the people who live in the communities they manage? As owners and tenants, or as residents?
condo conversion

Condo conversions to see expanded warranties

Starting next year, builders and vendors of residential conversion projects will have to register with Tarion and get approval to proceed with their plans.
minimum wage

Minimum wage hike to follow new condo fees

The minimum wage hike may sting more in condo communities than others as they face new costs associated with recent changes to Ontario’s condo laws.
telecom

When can condos enter bulk telecom contracts?

The courts recently reviewed the authority on which a condo corporation may rely in entering into a bulk services contract with a telecom provider.
harassment

Workplace harassment not limited to Hollywood

Cultural attitudes are shifting such that workplace harassment is becoming impossible to ignore, including in condo communities.
Long Term Energy Plan

Long Term Energy Plan reframes CDM incentive

Ontario's newly released provincial Long Term Energy Plan, now updated to replace the 2013 version, rescinds favoured status for combined heat and power systems that rely on fossil fuels.
complaints

Regulator will not actively seek complaints

The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) will not be "actively seeking" complaints about licensees, says chair Aubrey LeBlanc.
cannabis legalization

Builders abuzz about cannabis legalization

Ontario’s residential construction industry is anxiously awaiting tools from the province to help it uphold its workplace health and safety obligations when recreational cannabis becomes legal next year.
Condominium Authority of Ontario

The Condominium Authority of Ontario launches

In its first month, the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) fielded 330 calls and 130 emails from condo directors, managers and owners.
elevators

Required upgrades to single-speed elevators lifted

The TSSA recently lifted the requirement to undertake certain upgrades to the controls of single-speed elevators, but it doesn’t mean building owners should abandon modernization.
condo rule

A condo rule against complaining?

A condo corporation was reported to have enacted a rule which, among other things, sought to limit the ability of residents to complain to the condominium.
condo law

Countdown on to roll out of condo law reforms

The countdown to the roll out of changes to Ontario’s condo laws is on. Directors and owners will soon be able to call or email the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO).
condo auditors

What board directors should ask condo auditors

It’s important for board members to review the draft financial statements and know what questions to ask their condo auditor before giving their approval.