A Message from the Government of Ontario
The following is a written response to a unit Owner's question regarding enforcement of the Condominium Act, 1998 and wether there are any condominium Corporations in Ontario which are exempt from the requirement to comply with the Act. The response is that of Mr. Christopher Ferguson, Director of the Consumer Protection Branch of the Ministry of Government Services in Toronto.
Interesting to note is the Director's statement in paragraph 2 of his letter; "With few exceptions, the Ministry does not enforce the Act directly;..."  I invite the Director or the Minister to tell unit Owners exactly how many exceptions are "few exceptions".  As neither can be expected to answer, I will answer for them - NOT A SINGLE ONE!

May 19, 2006

(...) The Condominium Act is indeed a law and compliance with its provisions is expected.  There are no exemptions that I am aware of for any class of director, officer, property manager or owner from the provisions of the statute.

The Act is a declaratory statute, which means that it creates rights, responsibilities and obligations that are enforceable by through the civil courts.  With few exceptions, the Ministry does not enforce the Act directly; condominium owners are responsible for the affairs of their corporations, including compliance with applicable laws.

I have referred your note to Joe Kavanagh, Consumer Services Officer.  Should you require further information, you may call him at 416-326-9526 or send him an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Christopher A. Ferguson
Director
tel: 416-326-8598
fax: 416-326-8665
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