March 16, 2017
You're Better Off Knowing
by Marc Bhalla, Editor, Condovoice Magazine
It takes a special person to join a condominium Board. Someone willing to take on responsibility and spend their time serving others. Someone willing to make a contribution to a greater good.
The commitment can come with challenges, however. Difficult decisions sometimes need to be made that will not please everyone. ...
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Oct 20, 2016
CCI Toronto and Area Chapter Appoints Sally Thompson as New Chapter President
Sally Thompson, M.Sc., P.Eng. has been appointed as President of the Canadian Condominium Institute – Toronto and Area Chapter, effective October 20th, 2016.
Sally has served on the CCI Toronto Chapter Board of Directors since 2008 in several capacities including service on the Legislative, Conference and Education Committees, and as Vice President. Sally is also a frequent presenter at the Condo Conference and other forums, and an instructor for CCI Toronto’s Level 300 Reserve Fund course. Sally also volunteers with Tarion and ACMO and has been a significant contributor to the reform of the Condominium Act including sitting on the province-wide eleven-person Expert Panel. ...
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Oct 7, 2015
Bill 106 Passed 2nd Reading on October 7th, 2015!!
CCI Toronto is pleased to announce that the 2nd Reading of Bill 106 - The Protecting Condominium Owners Act (including the Condominium Management Services Act) was passed on October 7th by a unanimous vote of the Ontario Legislature (vote was 88 – 0). The Bill has now been ordered to the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee (a Standing Committee) to hear further from stakeholders from across Ontario. After these hearings, the government will consider the suggestions and recommendations and make whatever changes to the Bill it deems necessary. Then Bill 106 will go back to the Legislature for 3rd Reading and if passed then Royal Assent will be granted (note that the Bill does not become law until it has been proclaimed, which will be after the Regulations have been drafted and approved).
Committee hearings have been scheduled and CCI- T will be presenting to the Standing Committee on Thursday October 29th. The joint CCI/ACMO Legislative Committee has finalized and has submitted to the Ministry, a Brief of its comments and suggestions on Bill 106. A copy of that Brief can be accessed by clicking here.
Complete Bill 106 timeline, click here.
April 24th, 2015
CCI Toronto Member Update
As CCI Toronto members are aware, the Ministry of Consumer Services began a review of the Condominium Act back in 2012. This review involved extensive, broad based consultation with condominium residents and industry stakeholders. The introduction of legislation to reform the Condominium Act, 1998 into parliament in the spring of 2015 is now highly anticipated and this anticipation was further highlighted with the release of the 2015 Provincial budget by Finance Minister Charles Sousa yesterday. ...continues
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November 28th, 2014
CCI Toronto and Area Chapter Appoints Mario Deo as New Chapter President
Mario Deo, BA, LL.B. has been appointed as President of the Canadian Condominium Institute – Toronto and Area Chapter, effective November 27th, 2014. ...
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Mario has served on the CCI Toronto Chapter Board of Directors since 2005 in a number of capacities including service on the Government Relations, Conference and Communications Committees, and as Vice President.
Mario Deo is a partner with Fine & Deo Barristers and Solicitors, a firm which focuses its practice on representing condominium corporations. He attended the University of Western Ontario Law School and was called to the bar in 1988.
Mario is actively involved in the condominium industry and is a frequent presenter at CCI-T courses as well as at the annual CCIT/ ACMO Condominium Conference. Mario has also served as the Editor of CCI-Toronto's ‘CondoVoice’ magazine. Mario is a consumer advocate for condominium corporation issues and is the Chair of the Consumer Advisory Committee at Tarion, which is a committee that advises the Tarion Board of Directors on suggested consumer-related improvements for both condominiums and freehold homes.
Joining Mario in his goal to better serve the condominium industry are fellow CCI Toronto Board Members:
1st Vice President Sally Thompson, P.Eng
2nd Vice President Vic Persaud, BA
Secretary/Treasurer Bob Girard, B.Comm, RCM, FCCI
Immediate Past President Brian Horlick, B.Comm, B.C.L, LL.B, ACCI, FCCI
Director Brian Antman, CPA
Director Marc Bhalla, Hons BA, Q. Med
Director Armand Conant, B.Eng, LL.B., D.E.S.S. (Sorbonne)
Director Tania Haluk, RCM
Director Henry Jansen, P.Eng, ACCI
Director Murray Johnson, RCM
Director Lisa Kay, BA, CCI (Hons)
Director Ernie Nyitrai
Director Vic Persaud, BA
Director Bill Thompson, BA, RCM, ACCI, FCCI
The Canadian Condominium Institute leads the National condominium industry by providing education, information awareness and access to expertise by and for our members. Coast to Coast...we are your condo connection!
CCI represents over 145,000 condominium units in Toronto. Formed in 1982 as an independent, non-profit organization to encourage and promote a strong condominium marketplace, CCI members include condominium unit owners, corporations, business partners and professionals.
Lynn Morrovat, Operations Manager
Canadian Condominium Institute – Toronto & Area Chapter
2800 14th Avenue, Suite #210
Markham, ON L3R 0E4
Tel: (416) 491-6216 Ext 110
Provincial Elections - Open Letter to all Party leaders on Condo Act Reform
CCI-T and ACMO is reaching out to the leaders of all three major parties in Ontario to draw your attention to condominium issues.
Click here to view the letter
June 12, 2014
ELECTION DAY IN ONTARIO
The Joint Government Relations Committee of the Canadian Condominium Institute Toronto and Area Chapter (CCI-T) and the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) wishes to remind you that today is election day in Ontario and polling stations will be open from 9am to 9pm as Ontarians choose their next government.
There are now more than 1.3 million condominium residents in Ontario. More than 10% of Ontario’s population live in the approximately 600,000 condominium units in Ontario.
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Since 2007, the Joint Government Relations Committee at CCI-T and ACMO has lead the charge in advocating for modernizing the Condominium Act, 1998.
Our work has included:
- Hosting every Minister of Consumer Services at our annual ACMO/CCI-T Condominium Conference since 2010;
- Commissioning the 2011 Condo Survey of Ontario Provincial Candidates, which resulted in the re-opening of the Condominium Act, 1998 for consultation and revision;
- Producing CCI and ACMO joint recommendations to improve the Condominium Act through our 102 page legislative brief of recommendations;
- Active leadership and participation by CCI and ACMO members in the Public Policy Forum’s 3 stage review of Ontario’s Condominium Act;
Our committee has been just as active during this campaign writing and following up with the leaders of all three political parties on condominium issues.
CCI-T and ACMO will continue to work with whomever forms government to see through the current consultation process and enact new legislation to improve the Condominium Act, 1998.
We are the professionals who service our industry and we have real workable solutions in the area of condominium governance, dispute resolution, finances, consumer protection and condo management. That is the message we will continue to deliver in the months to come.
Voting is one of the most precious rights of every citizen, and on behalf of the Joint Government Relations Committee of the Canadian Condominium Institute Toronto and Area Chapter (CCI-T) and the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) we remind you and encourage you to get out and vote.
The CCI Toronto Board of Directors
March 18, 2014
“CONDO OF THE YEAR” GALA AWARDS PRESENTATION TO LIBERTY @ DISCOVERY PLACE
What turns a condominium corporation into a condominium community? Liberty @ Discovery Place, a condominium located in Pickering, has such a good answer to that question that it is receiving the “Condo of the Year” award for 2013, being presented by the Canadian Condominium Institute – Toronto & Area Chapter (CCI-T) Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. ...
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“Liberty @ Discovery Place can be summed up in one word,” says CCI-T President Brian Horlick, “and that word is ‘awareness.’ They’re aware of the needs of their residents, the environment, and the larger community. And they turn awareness into action!”
Vic Persaud, CCI-T’s Membership Chair, agrees: “Since it was first built in 2005, Liberty’s Board has worked hard to be responsive. In the broader Durham Region condominium community, they were instrumental in establishing the Durham Condo Presidents’ Alliance, an organization that represents the needs and concerns of about 3,000 residents to all levels of government.”
Liberty has pioneered a service for its seniors. In 2010, under the guidance of 94 years’ young resident Aki Nambo, the condo started the Liberty Emergency BUDDY System to address the needs of the building’s older residents in the event of medical or other emergencies. Under the System, each participating senior is paired with two volunteers who agree to provide support to that person. Liberty has also met the needs of differently-abled residents through such initiatives as making a wheelchair available in the laundry room, installing railings in elevators and the exercise room, and retrofitting all the garbage rooms with push-button activated automatic doors.
“Liberty is the only condo in Durham that has installed solar panels,” says Horlick. “This not only keeps natural gas use to a minimum in summer but, by providing preheated water to the hot water boiler system, reduces such use in colder months,” Horlick says.
The building also provides facilities to enable residents to sort their wet and recyclable garbage right in the building – no more trudging to the parking area! This allows Liberty to divert tons of trash from landfill to recycling.
Many Liberty residents are on fixed incomes, and the Board of Directors has addressed this by developing and implementing a comprehensive budget system and budget plan to help them control expenses and save toward long-term goals.
“Liberty’s Board has also prioritized communication with residents,” says Persaud. “The property manager’s office is in the lobby, making it easy for residents to speak with her. They have an eight-page monthly newsletter and a very active Social Committee, both of which serve to bring residents together.”
“In recognition of Liberty’s achievements, CCI-T awarded them the 2013 “Condo of the Year” award,” says Horlick. “The award consists of a specially designed street sign and a gala award celebration. We’ll be making the presentation tomorrow,” he says.
According to CCI-T Operations Manager Lynn Morrovat, the “Condo of the Year” award was initiated by CCI-T in 2009 to share the successes of condominiums that are well-governed and offer great places to live. “Many have overcome challenges or have initiated unique programs that make them special,” Morrovat says. “Liberty is a great example of a condo that has succeeded through good governance and an emphasis on community spirit.”
The award will be presented at the Discovery Place site by CCI-T President Brian Horlick. CCI-T is the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute, the only national organization representing the condominium community – residents, Boards, professionals and service-providers. CCI-T speaks on behalf of more than 200,000 condo residents in Toronto and Peel, York and Durham Regions.
For more information, please contact:
Lynn Morrovat, Operations Manager
CCI – Toronto & Area Chapter
Tel: 416-491-6216 ext 110
April 12, 2013
On behalf of the Canadian Condominium Institute Toronto & Area Chapter (CCI-T) and of the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO), the Joint Legislative Committee presented an UPDATED legislative brief to the Ministry of Consumer Services on March 19th, 2013. Click here to view a copy of the UPDATED Brief.
Canada’s Public Policy Forum (PPF) today released a report that presents the findings from Stage One of Ontario’s Condominium Act Review.
You can read the executive summary and full report.
The report combines the feedback gathered – starting in September 2012 – from:
- 36 members of a Residents’ Panel selected from a lottery of 10,000 residents across the province to represent the diversity of condominium owners, owner-investors and renters
- 25 members of a Stakeholders’ Roundtable broadly representing owner associations, developers, property managers, lawyers and others
- Over 500 people who attended one of the Minister’s five public information sessions
- Individuals and groups who sent over 400 emails and letters, including approximately 180 formal submissions.
August 31, 2012
Public Engagement Review Process of the Condominium Act
The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) and the Canadian Condominium Institute, Toronto Chapter (CCI-T) applaud the Ministry of Consumer Services announcement outlining the Public Engagement Review Process of the Condominium Act. With the engagement of Canada's Public Policy Forum (PPF) to lead the process, the review of the Condominium Act will have three stages to give condominium owners, residents and other stakeholder's opportunities to identify issues and develop solutions and recommendations.
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This collaborative approach will provide communities and stakeholders with a shared responsibility to collectively formulate a workable action plan.
ACMO and CCI-T encourage the condominium community by:
- Attending a minister's public information session in your area
- Emailing your views to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discussing with members of your condo or association, and send us your proposals
- Staying informed on the reviews' progress, and your opportunities to comment
- Following them on Twitter: @ontarioconsumer / #oncondo
Or Write them at:
Ministry of Consumer Services
5th Floor, 777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
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Brian Horlick B. Comm, B.C.L, LL.B., ACCI, FCCI has been appointed President of the Canadian Condominium Institute – Toronto and Area Chapter as of November 8th, 2012.
Brian has served on the CCI Toronto Chapter Board of Directors since 2006 in a number of capacities including service on the Legislative and Government Relations Committees as well as Vice President...
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CCI … Working For YOU!
The Toronto and Area Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute is proud to represent over 125,000 owners of condominiums in this very vibrant Toronto market. We are working within an internationally leading industry with some of the best minds and professionals in the entire world! It has certainly been a pleasure to work with this diverse group of individuals to accomplish so much on behalf of our members.
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In the last few years, we have tackled such diverse topics as fair property taxation, and the elimination of double taxation for guest suites and superintendent units. We continue to lobby for reform to our tax system to provide a more fair and representative property tax system for the benefit of every individual owner.
CCI-T has been instrumental in the reform of many pieces of legislation, and we are currently working with all other stakeholders on reform to The Condominium Act. Those stakeholders include individual unit owners, Condominium Board members, lawyers, engineers, accountants, property managers, and other professionals who service the Condominium market. Our taskforces have spent thousands of volunteer hours from hundreds of those experts, and people in the know, to provide the Ontario Government with a comprehensive study of what is working, and what is not, together with well researched solutions to virtually every problem. CCI does not think that simply identifying the problems is enough, so we continued to work to find solutions. We have forged understandings with every other sector of the Condominium market to find solutions that consider all viewpoints and find a balance in the rights and powers that will be written into the new legislation.
During this time of obvious legislative change, it is very important for our members to remain steadfast in their belief and support of our mission. To that end, we are calling upon all members to renew their membership with CCI-T for 2012-2013. Many members have already done so – and we thank you for that support. If you have not yet sent in your renewal though, we urge you to do so today!
This will be a pivotal year not only due to the legislative changes that the Ministry has indicated will be coming soon, but this year has also been designated by CCI-T as the Year of Education. CCI-T feels strongly that education for Directors is so vital to improving condominium living that for the coming year every condominium corporation that renews their membership will receive two complimentary course registrations for our Level 101 course. (See details with your renewal notice or online)
While other entities may try and garner support for their individual causes, we believe that individual causes will cloud the direction that needs to be taken to create a more vibrant, more equitable condominium market. CCI is able to prove itself from the strength of leadership, representation and education that CCI has provided to its members for over thirty years.
We appreciate your ongoing support, and will continue to represent you with an open mind, a clear purpose, and a unified voice.
Thank you for showing your support for CCI.
Bill Thompson BA, RCM, ACCI, FCCI
President, CCI Toronto & Area Chapter
Toronto – Tomorrow, the second reading of Private Members Bill 72, Property Owners' Protection Act, 2012 will be introduced by Rosario Marchese, MPP for Trinity Spadina. If passed, Bill 72 would amend the Condominium Act, 1998, the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act, 1990 and the Building Code Act, 1992. ...
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CCI-T/ACMO Legislative Brief and Executive Summary
Dear CCI-T Members
On behalf of the Canadian Condominium Institute Toronto & Area Chapter (CCI-T) and of the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO), the Joint Legislative Committee presented our legislative brief (“the “Brief” ) and Executive Summary on suggested changes to the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”) to the Minister of Consumer Services John Gerretsen’s office, as well as all the opposition parties.
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While the Act in many ways is a significant improvement from the earlier statute, it is the belief of CCI-T/ ACMO that it is now in need of modernization. This is especially so given the recent explosive growth in condominiums in Ontario: we estimate there are more than 1.3 million Ontarians living in 6,700 residential condominium corporations (and 2,300 additional commercial and industrial corporations) – a dramatic increase since the Act received Royal Assent in 1998.
In preparing the Brief, we drew upon the knowledge of every sector of the condominium world, including owners, engineers, developers, property managers, auditors and lawyers, and had the participation of both the CCI Ontario Caucus (all seven Ontario CCI Chapters) and ACMO. We will continue to draw upon this collective knowledge to develop more suggested amendments to the Act and also to the Regulations.
On behalf of our members, we appreciate the opportunity to make this submission and look forward to being part of the process of the development of a new Condominium Act which will continue Ontario’s leadership in this important area.
Bill Thompson, BA, RCM, ACCI, FCCI
CCI Toronto President
TORONTO CONDO GROUP SAYS PLANNING, EDUCATION, INDUSTRY/GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES,
KEY TO DEALING WITH GLASS TOWER ISSUE
The Toronto and Area Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI-T) said today it believes planning by condominium boards, education, and current industry and government initiatives are the best way to deal with the concerns being identified over glass-clad condominium high rises...
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December 9th, 2010
CCI Toronto Appoints Bill Thompson as New President
Bill Thompson, BA, RCM, ACCI, FCCI has been appointed President of the Canadian Condominium Institute – Toronto and Area Chapter as of December 9th, 2010.
Click here to read the full announcement.