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March 25, 2022 - By Victor Yee

Superior Court Confirms Section 117 Carve-Out From CAT Jurisdiction

On October 1st 2020, the Condominium Authority Tribunal of Ontario (the “CAT”) was granted the jurisdiction to decide condominium disputes regarding pets, vehicles, parking, and storage (“PVPS”) issues – however, the CAT’s PVPS jurisdiction did not apply “to a dispute that is also with respect to section 117 of the …

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February 15, 2022 - By Elia Associates

Covid-19 Bulletin No.51: Ontario Announces Further Easing of Restrictions Effective Feb. 17

With key public health and health system indicators continuing to improve, the Ontario government announced that the province will be moving into the next step of its COVID-19 reopening plan on February 17th 2022, four days ahead of schedule, and will lift proof of vaccination requirements on March 1st 2022.

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February 14, 2022 - By Victor Yee

Maybe Don't Post Those Board Meeting Minutes After All

In the interests of transparency and communication with unit owners, some condominium Boards have been in the regular habit of uploading their monthly Board Meeting Minutes to their condominium corporation’s online community portal.

But maybe that’s not such a great idea after all, given some of the recent cases from …

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February 4, 2022 - By Elia Associates

Toronto’s New Vacant Home Tax

In December 2020, Toronto City Council asked City staff to develop a Vacant Home Tax (“VHT”) program and to report back with a recommended design for a VHT by the end of the second quarter of 2021, for tax implementation in 2022. At its meeting held on July 14th and …

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January 24, 2022 - By Elia Associates

Covid-19 Bulletin No.50: Ontario Announces Plan To Gradually Lift COVID-19 Restrictions

Before the weekend, Premier Ford announced the province’s three step plan to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions, beginning January 31st 2022, and continuing through February and March. On January 31st 2022, businesses, including gyms and restaurants offering indoor dining will be permitted to reopen again with 50% capacity. The government added that …

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January 12, 2022 - By Elia Associates

Covid-19 Bulletin No.49: COVID-19 Restrictions: Ongoing Confusion & Inconsistency

Since our COVID-19 Bulletin No. 48, which was posted on January 5th 2022, there has been an ongoing debate within the condominium industry as to whether the Step 2 Regulation: Ontario Regulation 263/20 (“O. Reg 263/20”) applies to condominiums.

On January 7th 2022, the Ontario Minister of Health’s office confirmed …

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January 6, 2022 - By Victor Yee

CAT Says Hurry, But Will Their New Costs Regime Catch Up?

Condominium corporations often want to enforce against a unit owner or resident’s violating behaviour as quickly as possible.  But condominium managers and condominium lawyers have been trained, after decades of case law from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, to believe that “jumping the gun” and going straight to Court …

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January 5, 2022 - By Elia Associates

Covid-19 Bulletin No.48: Ontario Reinstates Further Restrictions

As of Wednesday, January 5th 2021, in response to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19, Ontario will be returning to a modified Step Two of its re-opening plan, resulting in the closure of indoor dining, gyms, theatres and re-instating lower capacity limits in most other indoor and outdoor settings. …

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December 14, 2021 - By Elia Associates

Covid-19 Bulletin No.47: Ontario's Proof Of Vaccination And Booster Eligibility

QR Code Requirements to Verify Vaccination Status

The province announced changes to the proof of vaccination system after a sudden escalation of Omicron cases and data suggesting that it will be the dominant strain by January 2022. The initial plan to end the provincial vaccine passport program in mid-January has …

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November 1, 2021 - By Victor Yee

Winter Is Coming: Ready Your Condo’s Noise And Other Nuisance Enforcements

On September 23rd 2021, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (the “MGCS”) announced that as of January 1st 2022, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (the “CAT”) will have the jurisdiction to hear condominium disputes regarding noise, odour, smoke, vapour, light, or vibration (collectively, “NOSVLV” disputes).

On October 27th 2021, the Ontario Real …

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