Condominium Real Estate Life – Qtr1/21 | Condo Mania

Updated: January 14, 2021

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

The ultimate guide to condominium life in Ontario. How government, builders, property management, owners and tenants work together.

Welcome to the Ontario condominium real estate life portal of my condo home library, the Condorary

The continuity 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 – 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. Click on an editorial selected topic of interest for the actual post.

Property Management Bookcase

Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario – CMRAO

The the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of OntarioCMRAO is the licensing branch that regulates the condominium market with the team from the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario – ACMO.


Webinar October 22, 2020 (52:53)

EV – Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Resources The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) has recently introduced amendments to the regulations under the Condominium Act, 1998 (The Act), which establish a process to facilitate the installation of electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) in condo buildings. Condo managers have an important role to play in this new process.

Source: Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario – CMRAO

Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario – ACMO

Outdoor Annual General Meetings

“Our need will be the real creator”- Plato.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. It’s the need or problem that encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem.    

During the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions of public gatherings, condo corporations have had to postpone or conduct virtual annual general meetings.  But what happens when a virtual AGM is not possible, and regulations change resuming the meeting deadlines?  Condominium managers get creative.

Source: © 2020 ACMO – The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario

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How to winterize your condominium

Five ways to get your property ready for Fall 

Proclamation of Amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 Respecting a Condo Guide

Certain legislative amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 (Condo Act) related to a condominium guide (condo guide) will come into force on January 1, 2021.

© 2020 ACMO – The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario ,

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Office of the Auditor General of Ontario’s Value-for-money audit condominium oversight in Ontario – December 8

Posting of Ontario’s residential Condominium Buyer’s Guide on the CAO website – November 6

Newsletter Envelope

Weekly Update – January 6, 2021

CM Magazine (PDF)

Feature PDF –   CM Magazine Fall 2020 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? In this issue, we discuss the challenges and opportunities involved with managing a diverse community.  Source: © 2020 ACMO – The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario.

Have a quick look into the Preview of articles in the Fall Issue.



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 512 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.

Owner and Tenant Bookcase

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.

Tips on Buying a Pre-construction Home in Ontario

It can be challenging to navigate the new home buying process.
 We are here to help – and have compiled a few tips on purchasing a pre-construction home or condo. 

Source: © 2020 Tarion.

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Tips on buying a pre-construction home in Ontario .



Dive into the Tarion Warranty Corporation Video Library for 100+ posts of helpful information resources for owners in both old and new buildings.

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 – Proposed Changes to the Employment Standards Act– Two bills proposing to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) are currently before the provincial legislature, each having passed second reading.  The proposed laws have the potential to impact the condominium community in relation to sick leave and wages for residential workers.

Source: © 2020 CCI National

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Proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act – December 14

Auditor General’s Report: Value for money condo oversight in Ontario – December 9

Future education requirements for condominium managers – November 18

COVID – 19 Updates – November 3

Condovoice Magazine (PDF)

Feature PDF – Condovoice Fall 2020 Issue Source: © 2020 CCI Toronto

Preview articles in the Fall issue.

Podcast and Video

Feature Podcast – Caselaw Storytime – Lahrkamp v. MTCC 932   (12:37)

Easy listening in the CCI National Podcast Library  with podcasts going back to July 2015.

Feature Private Video – Insurance Issues  (1:39:33) Source: © 2020 CCI National

Webinar (17:53)
Condo Repair and Maintenance, December 11 (1:33:40)

The CCI National Video Library  and  CCI Toronto Video Library are open for visitors 24/7. 

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

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Owner / Director Training

Condominium Authority of Ontario
The CAO Director Training Program is provided online and free-of charge, and is also available to condominium owners, residents, managers and the broader condominium community. Feedback on the training has been very positive, with an average of 88% of survey respondents reporting very high satisfaction and over 95% would recommend the training. The CAO’s Director Training Program consists of 21 short e-modules covering important topics that are relevant to condo board directors.  The online modules are short, easy to follow, and include knowledge checks that provide multiple opportunities to answer correctly before moving on to new content. There is no pass/fail exam.

Source: © The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO)

Condominium Law Courses

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

EV – Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Charging Systems The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) is dedicated to providing information, resources, and services to support condo communities across Ontario. For the changes to Ontario Regulation 48/01 relating to electric vehicle charging systems (EVCS) that came into force on May 1, 2018, the CAO has prepared a step-by-step guide for owners and boards which outlines the steps required to install an EVCS, as well as templates to assist owners in applying for the installation of an EVCS, and to assist condominium boards in responding to applications.

Source: Condominium Authority of Ontario – CAO

Plug’n Drive Plug’n Drive is a non-profit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in order to maximize their environmental and economic benefits. Since 2011, Plug’n Drive has established itself as a leader in the electric vehicle industry, a trusted and unbiased source of information on electric cars, charging stations and the electricity sector. 

Source: © Plug ‘N Drive


Auditor General of Ontario 

12/07/2020 – Value-for-Money Audit – Condominium Oversight in Ontario
Value for money? Ontario Auditor General slides down the rabbit hole into Condoland. Don’t read this excellent industry report if you are too busy with other things to take the time. Being clueless about how government agencies fulfill their legislated mandate for protecting condominium owners is a personal choice.

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services – MGCS

01/07/21 – Potential Permanent Changes to Enable Digital and Virtual Processes Survey – Public Input Request by 5 pm on February 8, 2021

Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario – CMRAO

CMRAO Quarterly is a new e-newsletter published quarterly about Ontario’s growing condominium management sector.

10/09/2020 – Autumn 2020 | Vol. 3 | Issue 1

Condominium Authority of Ontario – CAO

01/05/2021Introducing Ontario’s Residential Condominium Buyers’ Guide

01/01/2021 – Access and Privacy Policy

11/06/2020 – Posting of Ontario’s Residential Condominium Buyer’s Guide on the CAO Website 

Webinar Events

01/26/2021 – CCI-T Webinar (12:00 – 1:30 PM) – Annual Condo Governance Registration

12/01/2020 – Coming soon – CCI-T’s Annual Case Law Review – Register Now!

11/06/2020 – CCI-T Webinar – Enforcement of COVID Rules in Condos (and more!)

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