What Can we Expect in Condo Law for 2015?

What can we expect in the world of condominiums in 2015? It’s going to be a busy year! Here’s our list of the top six ‘new or likely’ developments in condo law in 2015.

According to the province, changes to the Condominium Act are coming “soon”. We may see them in 2015.

  1. The province is also exploring the idea of requiring that condominium managers be licensed, so licensing of Ontario condominium managers may also arrive in 2015.
  2. In keeping with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, new accessibility enhancements have been incorporated into the Ontario Building Code, effective January 1, 2015. These accessibility enhancements apply to new construction and major renovations.
  3. We believe that 2015 may see more “e-type” advances in condominium administration – such as increased use of electronic proxies and electronic notices.
  4. Effective January 1, 2015, amendments to the Smoke Free Ontario Act prohibit smoking in certain outdoor public spaces as well as on patios of restaurants and bars. This second category may affect some commercial condominiums.
  5. Carbon monoxide detectors will have to be in place by either April 15, 2015 or October 15, 2015 – depending on the size of the condominium. For more information, see our blog of November 6, 2014.

Take a deep breath. Here comes another year.

We wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy 2015!