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law.jpgThe High Price Of Condominium Arbitration.
A condominium is a community of people with common interests and the theory is that the community should try to resolve disputes by agreement rather than the adversarial process.  Mediation is seen as a “win-win” process which allows disputes to be resolved by a communication process leading to a common understanding of the needs of the condominium community. Read more...
 
Condo TowerOver 9,000 Condominiums in Ontario
In 2011 there were over 9,000 registered condominiums in Ontario, an increase from 8,788 in 2008.

For a breakdown (2009) based on location please click HERE .  The numbers were provided by the Ontario Government.
 
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people.jpgLike Little Towns. In speaking with friends who serve on municipal Councils and Boards, I am struck by the utter disbelief they display upon hearing of the lack of accountability of our Boards of Directors and Property Management Companies and of the baffling lack of "enforcement" on the part of the Ontario Government. Each and every one, without exception, has stated that if the antics of some Directors, Officers and Property Managers of some condominium Corporations were to occur in the sphere of "municipal governance", those responsible would be facing the scrutiny of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Ministry of the Attorney General and investigations by provincial auditors and regional and provincial police services.

The Government would surely spare no resources or expense in bringing those responsible for such actions to account for their negligent, incompetent and perhaps even criminal behaviour.

We have towns in this Province with smaller populations than many individual Ontario condominium Corporations yet the Government has consistently refused to acknowledge that the rights of unit Owners (taxpayers) to good governance and fiscal accountability are worthy of the same standard of protection and enforcement of the law as those of other taxpayers in Ontario.

Condominium lawyers and the Government alike will argue that condominium unit Owners have the "ultimate" recourse which is the right to unseat a negligent or incompetent Board at every Annual General Meeting or at a Requisitioned meeting. Perhaps but so do the residents of each and every municipality in Ontario yet these same individuals would never dream of telling the media or the residents of a town that they have the "ultimate" recourse which is the right to unseat a negligent or incompetent Council at the next municipal election. If those things that go on in some of our Corporations were discovered in a town with a smaller population than that of your condominium Community, those residents would never be left in like situations by the provincial Government until the next municipal election. Heads would roll NOW ! Changes would be made NOW ! Government would step in NOW !
And tax dollars paid by condominium unit Owners would be used to investigate, enforce and prosecute those responsible for such "unlawful acts" in that little Town Council ! Each condominium is, for all practical purposes, a small town whose citizens' tax dollars are subsidizing the legislative protection available to other small and large towns. The only difference between a "town" and a "condominium Community" is that a condominium has a "Board of Directors" while the small towns call their elected officials a "Council". Does this represent the spirit of equality under the law that our Canadian Constitution demands as a right of each citizen?  The cost to Government to service 500 condominium homes in a highrise as opposed to 500 homes spread out on streets is significantly less in comparison yet our property taxes pay to protect the interest of those 500 "house" owners. Even in townhouse condominium Communities, home Owners usually are responsible for the costs of streetlighting, snow removal, common elements... Obviously, the only real winners in the present condominium situation are developers, real estate agents, lawyers, property management and other contractors and of course, the public purse. Condominium home Owners are left out in the cold to fend for ourselves. Just as condominium Communities are incorporated, so are municipalities yet they are never refered to as "Ontario Municipal Corporation 1234". When we are recognized by our names as opposed to our incorporation numbers, perhaps then our identities will bring enough meaning to someone at Queen's Park to warrant the same care, protections and attention paid to the home Owners of the Corporation of the Town of ______________ or the Corporation of the Township of _____________.

Until then, should you decide that you are tired of being treated as a 2nd class citizen of the Province of Ontario and wish to send a clear message to Queen's Park that we pay taxes too,  please feel free to contact CAFCOR and join us on the road to restoring equity and justice to our Communities by volunteering your time in any one of the following;

Intervention & Mediation Unit;
Property Management Issues Unit;
Policy & Governance Unit;
Education & Information Unit;
Website Administration & Design;
Legislative Committee;
Contract Standards & Protections Unit
 
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