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The ultimate guide to condominium life in Ontario. Top sources of webinar events for owners, directors, property managers and industry professionals.
“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978), Scientist
Table of Contents
- Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario – CMRAO
- Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario – ACMO
- Canadian Condominium Institute – CCI
- Community Associations Institute – CAI
- Owner / Director Training
- Tarion New Home Warranty Program
- Condoland Socials
- Helpful Links
Welcome to the Ontario condominium real estate life portal of my condo home library, the Condorary
The communal life of building staff, contractors, 3 levels of government, owners, owner landlords and tenants is under the direction of dynamic self-managed corporations or enterprising condominium property management adhering to the spirit of a volunteer board of directors.
How to use organization information
Access to organizations is formatted as follows: Click on the title of their lead article to arrive at the latest post on their blog or article collection. Click on the organization name to go to their website.
Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario – CMRAO
The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario – CMRAO is the government licensing branch that regulates the condominium market with the team from the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario – ACMO.
Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario – ACMO
The Politics of Mistakes Who are you? In the grand scheme of being an RCM, who are you?Source: © 2021 The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario – ACMO
Are you the business owner who now has to answer for everyone else’s mistakes and promise up to half your kingdom that it will never happen again? Are you the owner everyone feels should know everything about everyone and be expected to apologize for others’ behaviours? Are you the boss to unforgiving and demanding staff with expectations of you that are so high, yet they cannot reach them themselves? Or does your boss shame you openly for your mistakes and perceived shortcomings, thinking that it’s how you’re going to learn?
Extension of Temporary Legislative Amendments Related to Virtual Meetings Today, the Government of Ontario made regulatory amendments under the Business Corporations Act (OBCA), Corporations Act (CA), Co-operative Corporations Act (CCA) and Condominium Act, 1998 (Condo Act) that extend the effective period of temporary legislative provisions permitting corporations governed under these statutes to call and hold meetings virtually, as applicable, notwithstanding certain restrictions or requirements. The effective period of these temporary legislative provisions has now been extended to end on December 31, 2021.Source: © 2021 The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario – ACMO
CM Magazine (PDF)
Feature PDF – CM Magazine Spring 2021 Issue
People from all walks of life have chosen the condominium lifestyle. How do you manage an inclusive, cooperative environment that brings out the best in everyone?
Source: © 2021 The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario – ACMO
Video / Webinar
The ACMO Video Library containing 8 posts of which 6 are a construction oriented education series.
Education for Property Managers
The following colleges have programs with the four exams needed by ACMO – The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario for licensing of condominium managers. Centennial College – Part Time Learning <> Conestoga College – Continuing Education <> George Brown College – Continuing Education <> Humber College – Condominium Management <> Humber College – Property Management <> Mohawk College – Continuing Education <> Seneca College – Part-Time Studies <> Sheridan College – Continuing and Professional Studies <> Sir Sandford Fleming College – Continuing Education
The above may not be a comprehensive list of sources or a link may change. Use OntarioLearn below to find the most up-to-date information and other industry related courses.
It’s the most impressive collection of shared online college courses in North America, right at your fingertips. All 24 of Ontario’s publicly-funded colleges are working together in OntarioLearn to offer you easy access to a wide variety of high-quality courses, programs and services online. Search our inventory to find your online course or program at a preferred start date, register with one of our member colleges that offers it, and log in to our Portal for one-stop access to your learning.Source: © OntarioLearn 2016
Jobs for Condominium Managers
Property Management Jobs in Ontario at the time of updating supplies the job seeker with a list of 782 positions with job descriptions and sometimes salary. For condo owners and students who want more knowledge of what property management is about, reading want ads is enlightening.
Canadian Condominium Institute – CCI
Condo owners across the province have access to one organization which provides networking for individuals and corporations to help build a sense of community, solve problems, advanced director training, contractor introductions and information about condo issues of the day by participating legal experts. The Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) has 17 chapters nationally with 8 being in Ontario. The Toronto chapter is the most active.
Legislative Newsflash: Ontario Extends Time for Virtual Meetings and Voting and also Orders Stay-at-Home Since our announcement Iast October 6, 2020, we have all seen the third wave of COVID-19 hit along with the new variants that are infecting our communities at an alarming rate.In light of the significant increase in COVID-19 transmission, on April 7, 2010 the provincial government announced its third emergency stay-at-home order effective at 12:01 on April 8th.Source: © 2020 CCI National
Condovoice Magazine (PDF)
Condo Case Law Across Canada
Condo Cases Across Canada is a quarterly publication of the Canadian Condominium Institute, National Chapter. Each issue contains summaries of some of the latest condominium decisions (from Courts and Administrative Tribunals) across the country. Not all cases are summarized but most of the key condominium cases are listed. A great starting point if you a looking for decisions and court actions that may apply to your condominium.© Copyright 2017 – http://condocases.ca
Podcast / Video / Webinar
Easy listening in the CCI National Podcast Library with podcasts going back to July 2015.
Community Associations Institute – CAI
CAI Canada provides education, licensing and credentialing opportunities to board members, professionals, and condominium and strata managers across Canada. We focus on helping to create great Canadian cities, which our owners and residents are proud to call home.Source: © 2020 CAI Canada
Video / Webinar
Owner / Director Training
Condominium Authority of OntarioSource: © The Condominium Authority of Ontario – CAO
Condominium directors play a critical role in making sure that the condo corporation and its assets are well managed and maintained. A condo board operates on behalf of all owners in the condominium, and is often responsible for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in operating a condominium. In addition to providing good governance for the corporation, an effective board fosters a positive condominium community culture.
Education for Owners and Directors
The courses below may be the first of four exams required by the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario – ACMO for licensing of condominium managers. Although a board director is not required to take a course of this type, it is an optional upgrade for any condo owner. Centennial College – Part Time Learning <> Conestoga College – Continuing Education <> Confederation College <> Fanshawe College <> George Brown College – Continuing Education <> Georgian College – Continuing Education <> Niagara College Canada – Part-Time Studies <> Sheridan College – Continuing and Professional Studies <> Sir Sandford Fleming College – Continuing Education
Tarion New Home Warranty Program
An essential business of great interest for both potential condo owners and condominium managers is the Tarion new home warranty program and registry of all new home builders in Ontario.
Essential Tools For New Home Buyers Buying a new home is an exciting time. It can also be a stressful one. Luckily, you have a warranty that can help give you some peace of mind.Source: © 2021 Tarion
You can also count on Tarion for support. Our job is to educate new home buyers like you and ensure that you receive the warranty coverage from your builder that you’re entitled to by law.
To that effect, we are continually looking to develop tools to help you better understand and make use of your warranty. Here are three tools every new home buyer should take advantage of.
Important Information About Fake Calls From ‘Tarion’ Tarion has recently learned that homeowners have been contacted by an organization claiming to be ‘Tarion New Home Warranty Corporation’ that offers them information and/or services.Source: © 2021 Tarion
Dive into the Tarion Warranty Corporation Video Library for 100+ posts of helpful information resources for owners in both old and new buildings.
Auditor General of Ontario
2020-12-07 Value-for-Money Audit – Condominium Oversight in Ontario
Value for money? Ontario Auditor General slides down the rabbit hole into Condoland. Read this excellent industry report about how government agencies are or are not fulfilling their legislated mandate for protecting condominium owners. Besides, has the board of directors you elected to look after your best interests read it? How do you know?
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services – MGCS
Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario – CMRAO
Condominium Authority of Ontario – CAO
2021-05-18 Tarion’s Response To COVID 19
2021-06-29 CCI-Toronto (12:00 – 1:30PM) Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT): Expanded Jurisdiction 8 months later; impact and observations Registration
2021-06-24 DHA (12:00 -12:45PM) DHA Condo Crunch: Updating and amending your governing documents Registration
2021-06-22 CCI-Grand River (6:30 – 8:00PM) Level 200 – Finances and Liens Registration
2021-06-22 CCI-Eastern Ontario (5:00 – 7:00PM) Managing Relationships in Condominiums Registration
2021-06-18 ACMO (9:00 – 4:00PM) Virtual Condominium Management Conference Registration
2021-06-17 CCI-Golden Horseshoe (5:00 – 7:00PM) Introduction to Condominiums Registration
2021-06-17 Elia Associates (12:00 – ?PM) Condowise Learning Series No. 10 – Insurance & Standard Unit By Law Join
2021-06-16 CCI-Golden Horseshoe (12:30 – 2:00PM) Terminating Geothermal Contracts Registration
2021-06-15 CCI-Grand River (6:30 – 8:00PM) The Future of Condos: A Post-COVID World Registration
2021-06-10 CAI (10:00 – 12:00PM) CAI Canada Advanced Virtual Chair Certification Registration
2021-06-09 CCI-National (4:00 – 5:30PM) Managing Owner Expectations
2021-06-08 CCI-Huronia (7:00 – 8:30PM) Special Wine and Wisdom
2021-06-08 CCI-Golden Horseshoe (12:00 – 1:00PM) COVID: Supply Shortfalls
2021-06-02 Gowling (5:00-6:00PM) Ontario’s 3-step reopening of Condoland this summer
2021-05-27 CCI-Windsor (12:00 – 1:00PM) Lunch and Learn: Mental Health & condo living
2021-05-25 Elia Associates (12:00 – ?PM) Condowise Learning Series No. 9 – The reality of cannabis legalization
2021-05-20 DHA (12:00 -12:45PM) DHA Condo Crunch: Modifications to common elements and services
2021-05-19 CCI-Toronto (12:00 – 1:30PM) EV Charging in Condos: Strategies and challenges
2021-05-19 ACMO (11:00 – 12:00PM) Smoke Signals – Required condo smoke control equipment testing and maintenance
2021-05-18 CCI-Grand River (6:30 – 8:00PM) Level 200 – Dispute Resolution, CAT and CAO
2021-05-18 CCI-Golden Horseshoe (12:00 – 1:00PM) Dealing with harassment more than just a nuisance
2021-05-14 CCI-Huronia (12:00 – 1:30PM) Lunch and Learn Webinar – Condo Catch-Up
2021-05-13 CAI (1:00 – 2:00PM) A Virtual Fire Inspection: 22 Storey Residential Condominium
2021-05-13 MGCS (10:00 – 12:00PM) Elevator Owner Education Webinar
2021-05-06 Elia Associates (12:00 – ?PM) CondoWise Learning Series: Session No. 8 – Common Expenses Collection Process
2021-05-05 Gowling (5:00 – 6:00PM) Deep Dive on condo rules
2021-04-28 CCI-Eastern Ontario (5:00 – 7:00PM) Speed dating condo style
2021-04-27 CCI-Toronto (12:00 – 1:30PM) Reserve funds, energy costs and emergency planning: Climate change in condos 101
2021-04-21&22 ACMO (10.30AM) Springfest
2021-04-20 CCI-Golden Horseshoe (12:00 – 1:00PM) COVID-19: The re-opening blues – Condo Talk
2021-04-14 Condowise (12:00 – 1:30PM) Session No. 7 – Part II Construction Liens
2021-04-08 DHA (12:00 – 12:45PM) DHA Condo Crunch: Roles and responsibilities of a condo board